Orlando First Academy rising junior Garrett Williams doesn’t go many places without leaving an impression. He certainly made one during a camp workout at the University of Florida on Saturday.
Gators head coach Will Muschamp invited Williams and teammate Kwaderrius Smith, who also worked out Saturday, to his office and that’s where Muschamp extended Williams his 15th scholarship offer.
“Coach Muschamp asked us to come to his office and that’s when he extended the offer,” Williams said. “He didn’t offer Kwad, but he told him they were still going to be heavily recruiting him.”
Williams, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound TE-LB for First Academy, worked out as a tight end at the UF camp
“He said he was really impressed with me. He had already seen my film and, of course, he saw our workout and he wanted to meet me in person,” Williams said. “He was really impressed and liked the things I bring to the table. I’m just very, very excited he offered me.”
And Williams is a lifetime Florida State fan, whose father Dayne Williams played for the Seminoles in the mid-90s, but he said he was impressed with the Florida program.
“Obviously I’ve grown up an FSU fan and so I’ve always been on other side of the rivalry, but I know a lot about Florida just because of the FSU-Florida rivalry,” Williams said. “It’s a great program and I really love the coaches there and I think they are great men and it’s a great school and they have an incredible SEC football program. I also really like the way they use the tight end in their offense.”
The Gators get the tight end heavily involved in the offensive flow, and last season were led in receptions by TE Jordan Reed, who actually played more of a hybrid, tight end/wide receiver role, which is more active in the offense than a traditional H-back.
Reed had 45 catches for 559 yards and three touchdowns last season. He left UF a year early and was picked in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.
Williams has an impressive assortment of offers from the likes of Florida State, Ohio State, Clemson, Rutgers and Tennessee, and he’ll be visiting Notre Dame this week, which likely means another offer could be on the horizon.
He’s not ready to start narrowing down his list, either.
“I have thought about it, but I wouldn’t be comfortable saying anything yet. I’m just trying to take everything in and do my research on the schools that have offered me,” Williams said. “Some of them I have been to more than others and at some I have a better relationships with the coaches than others, but wouldn’t say I have a top five or anything like that quite yet.
“Hopefully after the summer and into the fall I’ll pick up a few more offers and then I’ll be able to really kind of narrow it down. But right now, I’m just enjoying everything and doing my research.”
After Notre Dame later this week, Williams also plans to visit Alabama and Auburn. He also will likely hit Georgia’s Dawg Night on July 12, and has to make a decision on which Friday Night Lights event he will attend, since both Ohio State and Florida will be hosting their respective events on the same night (July 26).
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