June 10, 2011

Tide's top commit loves camp

Panama City, Fla. athlete Eddie Williams camped at the University of Alabama this week, and the Crimson Tide's top commitment said the camp couldn't have gone any better and that his commitment to UA is as solid as ever.

"It went great," Williams said. "Every time I go up there, I love it more. Camps, coaches, players, it just gets better every time."

Williams was not the only person impressed with how his camp went. The star recruit continued to amaze the Alabama coaching staff with his athletic ability.

"They loved it," Williams said. "They said I had an outstanding performance, they were surprised with it, and they really loved it."

When Rivals.com five-star became Alabama's first commitment for the 2012 class back in August, he wanted to pave the way for future recruits and take an active role in helping bring in other top talent.

Williams said that he has already been in some recruits' ears, including Louisiana safety Landon Collins who he met at the camp and tries to sell them on everything that Alabama has to offer.

"I try to get some of the guys," Williams said. "I try to talk to them and see where there head is at. I try to tell them a little about what I know about it and what got my attention. Hopefully what got my attention and what got me to go will get them to go too."

With each visit to Tuscaloosa, Williams feels more and more a part of the Crimson Tide family.

"It feels like home," Williams said. "It feels like I grew up there, and it's like I don't even want to come back home."

The Florida native said he is also enjoying the opportunity to bond with current Alabama players when he gets on campus.

"I was kicking it with Josh Chapman, He is a really cool guy," Williams said. "He is laid back. He's really cool and humble."

The 6-foot-4, 197-pound star is considered one of the best athletes in the country. Despite his tall frame, Williams has great speed and recently won the 400-meter race at the North Florida Open with a time of 51.9 seconds.

"Eddie Williams is just a spectacular athlete," said Chris Nee, Rivals.com recruiting analyst for the state of Florida. "On the field he blows you away for a guy his size as athletic as he is."

Even though he wants to play in the secondary when gets to Alabama, Nee said that Williams' talents on the other side of the ball should not be overlooked.

"Obviously his future is on the defensive side of the ball," Nee said "But he plays quarterback at Arnold High School, and if you watch him in that backfield some of the things he does, it kind of blows you away. He could honestly play at a major D-I school as a quarterback, he has that ability."

Williams said he plans on trying to make one more trip to Tuscaloosa before the end of the summer. As for any other schools vying for Williams, the prized recruit said he is not interested.

"I'm set on Alabama I'm not too worried about anybody else."

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