Duaron Williams, OL, Orlando Jones

Duaron Williams, OL, Orlando Jones (ORLANDO SENTINEL PHOTOS)

Duaron Williams could get used to this traveling stuff. Just as long as they give him an emergency exit-row seat.


You can’t scrunch up the 6-foot-4, 294-pound offensive lineman in a regular airplane seat.


“My legs would be all up in somebody’s back,” said the Orlando Jones High senior, who has been on a bit of a college football tour over the past month. “I love flying. It’s fun. It does get tiring, of course, but it’s fun. I’m just blessed to have the opportunity to travel around. A lot of kids wish they could do it.”


A lot of kids may not pick Lawrence, Kan., or Fort Collins, Colo., as their destinations. Philadelphia, however, is a definite maybe. That’s where Williams has been, visiting campuses, coaches and players at Kansas, Colorado State and most recently, Temple, from where he arrived back back home in Orlando on Sunday evening.


“It was great,” Williams said of the City of Brotherly Love. “It was a lot different from a Florida city. Philly is huge and they have  a lot of tall buildings and things like that. It was a good experience.


“The campus at Temple is right in the middle of the city and that’s what’s so unique about it.”


Temple was the one campus he left where he doesn’t have to worry about the head coach being fired. Former Florida Gators’ assistant Steve Addazio runs the show for the 6-6 Owls, who will be heading to the New Mexico Bowl to face Wyoming on Dec. 17


“They’re going to a bowl, they had a pretty good season,they have a monster running back [Bernard Pierce], the No. 3 defense in the country,” Williams said of Temple. “The program is coming up fast.”


Not so much can be said for the coaches at the first two stops on his tour. Turner Gill was fired as Kansas head coach last week after a 2-10 season and a 5-19 record in his two years with the Jayhawks. Williams’ recruiting contact at Kansas is Reggie Mitchell, who has been named interim head coach.


Colorado State head coach Steve Fairchild was fired on Sunday after three straight 3-9 seasons and a 16-33 record in his four years with the Rams.