December 2, 2007

Williams loves UA visit

Pickens County defensive end Michael Williams was the first player to commit to the Crimson Tide's 2008 class and despite receiving attention from other top programs, the Rivals250 defender has stayed true to his commitment. This weekend, Williams took his official visit to the Capstone and came away as solid as ever in his commitment to the Tide.

"The visit went great. I knew it would be it was even better than I thought it would be. I loved every minute of it and overall I had a great time," Williams said. "I was never thinking about any other schools other than 'Bama but this would have sealed the deal if I had been. They treated me great."

"I arrived Friday afternoon after my basketball practice and we checked into the hotel and all of us went out and ate seafood together. Afterward I went to ACA play because I wanted to support Brad Smelley. We are friends and we will be together next year," Williams said. "Saturday was good because I hung out with my host Wallace Gilberry and some of the other players and recruits. Wallace was crazy, he told me around everywhere and introduced me. We had a great time together. It felt like I was already on the team."

After a busy Friday, Williams and the other official visitors were treated to a special experience on Saturday.

"They took us out to eat again but the best part was going to the stadium. We looked around the locker room and got to take some photos in there. After that we went out of the tunnel onto the field," Williams said. "That was the great part because I knew then how it was going to feel to play football for Alabama and that I was so close to living out my dream. It was very special."

Williams' relationship with head coach Nick Saban has been crucial in the 6-foot-6, 240-pound defender's commitment to the Tide and over the weekend Williams and Saban had the chance to get to know each other better.

"Coach Saban was great. He took us to his house to eat and I was expecting that. The house was huge and beautiful. It was nice of him to do that and he was more relaxed than he is on gameday. That was probably my favorite part of the trip," Williams said. "He told me that he didn't want me to think that because I would be a freshman next year that I couldn't be a leader. Coach said the thing they liked about me is that I'm a high character person who will work hard on and off the field. That meant for me to hear.

"He told me that they were probably going to use me at tight end. They have their top two guys next year who will be seniors and they haven't signed anyone else for that position. He said it wasn't written in stone and that I could en up on the defensive line. I told him either would be good with me."

Williams finished his senior season with 70 tackles and 12 1/2 sacks.

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