January 2, 2012

Williams set on playing WR at Alabama

Rivals.com five-star Eddie Williams is working out in the secondary this week at the Under Armour All-America Game, but it may be the last time he plays the position as he's made up his mind to play wide receiver when he gets to the University of Alabama.

"I made the decision on my official visit, and I told Nick Saban that I'm going to play wide receiver," Williams said.

The Crimson Tide commitment took his official visit to UA in early December along with Tyler Hayes, Reggie Ragland and Daphne teammates Ryan Anderson and T.J. Yeldon, all of whom are also committed to Alabama.

"My official visit was great," Williams said. "I saw more things, bonded more with the other guys. It was a great feeling. I talked with Nick Saban. He was basically just teaching us about life, teaching us how to grow up and be a man."

Williams said Saban and the UA coaching staff gave him the choice of what he wanted to play at the next level. Even though he played quarterback and safety for Arnold High School in Panama City, Fla., this year, Williams wanted to do what was best for the team.

"From the beginning, I'm just trying to do what's best for the team, and I feel like we're lacking at receiver with height right now," Williams said. "If I go out there, I can really bring it and do what's best for the team.

"I really don't care what position I play. Whatever position they put me at, I'm going to go my hardest, try to do my best, learn what I can learn and try to win games."

At 6-foot-3, 204 pounds, Williams has already heard the comparisons to former Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones. Even the staff talked about Williams being the next Julio.

"Oh yes, they talked about it," Williams said. "They say I'm like Julio. To me, he's just another player, but it still feels good."

The Crimson Tide also has commitments from Chris Black and Amari Cooper, two other Florida wide receivers ranked in the Rivals100 and three-star wideout Casey Gladney.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg@tidesports.com.

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