Posted: 11:45 pm Friday, January 24th, 2014

Andrew Williams: Will UGA’s late push work with top uncommitted prospect? 

By Michael Carvell

New UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt (AP)

New UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt (AP)

UGA is a darkhorse candidate for one of the state’s top uncommitted prospects.

Andrew Williams, a 4-star defensive tackle from ECLA, plans to take an unofficial visit to UGA early next week to meet with coaches. If things go well, Williams could return for an official visit at UGA next Friday, the final weekend before signing day.

UGA’s flirtation adds some spice to what was once considered a two-horse race between Auburn and Clemson. The 6-foot-4, 247-pound Williams visited Auburn last weekend, and leaves for Clemson on Friday.

It could be a wild finish.

“I’m going to wait until signing day (to decide),” Williams told the AJC on Thursday night. “I still have a couple of schools I want to visit.  I don’t have any top schools right now. I’m just trying to get all my visits in, and then lay out the facts and numbers.”

The relationship between UGA and Williams has taken a lot of twists and turns over the last couple of years. Williams didn’t get much love from UGA when Rodney Garner was the team’s defensive line coach – which was ironic because Garner later became one of the main reasons that Auburn is now considered the school to beat.

Garner’s replacement at UGA, Chris Wilson, reached out to Williams but never really made any progress.

Things began to turn in UGA’s favor when new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt made an in-home visit with Williams on Tuesday.

“Me and Coach Pruitt, we were really close when he was at FSU,” he said. “FSU wasn’t the place for me, but he went to UGA and started recruiting me. We’ll see how it proceeds from there.”

Williams had to cut Tuesday’s visit short because he was sick with food poisoning, but Pruitt left him with something to think about:

“Over the phone, he said me and Allen-Williams were two of his guys that he wanted personally for this class. So I guess that says a lot, with everybody they’ve got coming in, that us two are his choices.”

Bryson Allen-Williams, a linebacker from Cedar Grove High School, is committed to South Carolina but will take official visits to Alabama and UGA over the next two weeks.

“Coach Pruitt said he is going to bring in a whole new scheme that will bring that FSU vibe to Georgia. You see what they did this year, so you can’t put down what he’s saying. You’ve got to at least look or listen.

DT Andrew Williams of ECLA (247sports)

DT Andrew Williams of ECLA (247sports)

“Pruitt and Coach Jimbo Fisher offered me going into my junior year but I never really felt that vibe at FSU. But other than that, I have a good feeling about Pruitt. We’ve had a good relationship for a long time. He’s a good football coach. He knows X’s and O’s. He knows how to produce, and how to put players in the right place. That’s what I look for in a coach.

“I’m not saying Georgia is at the top with me, but I’d be dumb not to see what he has to say.”

Pruitt invited Williams for an official visit to UGA on Jan. 31, and he’s considering it, along with trips to Tennessee and Penn State, among others, on that date.

Right now, the tentative plan is for Williams to make an unofficial visit with the Bulldogs at the beginning of next week.

“It will be just for the day, for a few hours to sit down with the coaches and break down film,” Williams said.  “They want me early during the week, so they can convince me to come later that weekend for an official visit. It’s in my hands at this point. I just feel like if they want me that badly, I’d go over there and listen.”

Williams is rated as a 4-star prospect and the state’s No. 17 overall prospect, per 247sports. His older brother played football at Georgia Tech.

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183 comments
dawgs01
dawgs01

he is a defensive end not tackle plus all yall forget these are high school kids almost all of them will gain at the least 25 pounds hell the average freshmen gains 15 these kids are eating and lifting like never before.  every recruit someone says not big enough blah blah.  what usually separates a five star is that they have the size along with everything else to come in and contribute right away.  at 250 now he will easily be 280 by his 3rd yr in college maybe more.

MUSCLECAR
MUSCLECAR

@

POAD2013 5ptsFeatured
3 days ago

Not so happy in BAMA Land





Not so fast my friend.  We are very pleased as you can see below. JUST RELOADING, JUST SAYIN


We are VERY HAPPY !!!!!!!!!


Lost Ricky Town which was a long shot, but ended up getting an experienced QB from FSU.


We are SO HAPPY !!!!!!!!!!!!




Alabama's efforts to overhaul its offensive line in the 2014 recruiting cycle have resulted in the Crimson Tide landing commitments from several of the nation's most highly-rated linemen. They have also landed the Tide at the No. 1 spot on 247Sports' rankings of the top offensive line recruiting classes in the nation.

The 247Sports rankings cite the Alabama offensive line group for both its high number of commitments (six players) and the high rankings for each player in the group. Alabama's offensive line class includes the nation's No. 1 high school offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, No. 1 junior college tackle Dominick Jackson, and both the No. 1 and 2 ranked centers, JC Hassenauer and Josh Casher.

The group also includes the nation's No. 6 offensive tackle in Iowa star Ross Pierschbacher and the No. 23 offensive guard Montel McBride from Plant City, Florida.

The Crimson Tide also currently hold the No. 2-ranked linebacker and defensive line units in the nation according to 247Sports.



# 1 - Offensive Line recruits


# 2 - Linebacker recruits


# 2 - Defensive Line recruits



Did I mention that we are........................................................SO HAPPY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

Funny, the dogs couldn't land the top prospect in the state. 


Urban did. 


Now, they're focused on signing the highest ranked "still left" .


#leftoverdogs



Dawg350
Dawg350

Dawgs looking good in the east baby! We now have Tracy"the rock" rocker! What a great staff Richt is putting together! Kudos too coach Richt! I'm praying Richt wins a national championship before he retires from uga! Richt deserves it!

POAD2013
POAD2013

How many hours and other media outlets will post about the ROCKER hire before the AJC does their job.

LowcountryBulldawg
LowcountryBulldawg

Welcome SEC legend Tracey Rocker to Dawg Nation. Carter and Williams can now get taught the position by a helluva player and a NFL coach. What a hire!

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

Red and Black DAWG Ignores Troll's Comments

I think Coach Pruitt's hiring is going to start paying dividends a lot earlier than most thought.  I am looking forward to seeing how he will transform UGA's defense into a much more cohesive unit than we have seen the last two years, at least. UGA just has too many good athletes on defense to have such poor stats. against the opposition and it falls squarely, I think, on the previous DC's shoulders. Darn, I forgot his name already. Petrino II or something like that I think.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Does seem undersized for a DT in a 3-4 scheme. However, I wonder if he could be utilized as a DT/LB hybrid in the variable schemes that Pruitt wants to run.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Unfortunately, Garner's later years at Georgia are loaded with irony.

thebucket
thebucket

I saw a lot of recruits at The Georgia Center tonight! Gonna be an interesting couple of weeks to see how everything shakes out on NSD

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

I can't see where T.J.Harrell committed today but apparently his visit to Athens went pretty good. He is a 3-star Safety out of Tampa at Scout and a 4-star at Rivals. A welcome addition to Georgia if it happens.

Rick_James
Rick_James

@WhiskeyBreath

"Funny how you humps have embraced Jeremy. You hated anything and everything about Bama people.

Hate to break it to you, he always will be a Alabama guy. He played and coached there. When you guys make him the enventual whipping boy for Brother, remember WB said kiss my ...."

We're not  fighting civil wars Whiskey Breath.Otherwise Kirby Smart wouldnt be embraced by Bama fans..You have the best program in the nation but there's not room on Saban's staff for every coach with Alabama on his resume.Get over it..

Rick_James
Rick_James

@POAD2013

"How does this make any sense? Didn't Feel the VIBE at FSU but likes that PRUITT is bringing "THAT VIBE" to UGa and now he wants to Feel That Vibe?"

Williams is rated as a 4-star prospect and the state’s No. 17 overall prospect, per 247sports. His older brother played football at Georgia Tech...Obviously his older brother nor Paul Johnson can make him feel the Georgia Tech vibe.That's what shouldnt make sense to you.Oh I know,he probably cant qualify for admission right?

Dawg350
Dawg350

uga will be the front runner too win the east next year.

SvenOttke
SvenOttke

Whew.  Another UGA recruiting article.  I was starting to get the shakes.  What's it been minutes?  Good job Carvell.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

Funny how you humps have embraced Jeremy. You hated anything  and everything about Bama people.

Hate to break it to you, he always will be a Alabama guy. He played and coached there. When you guys make him the enventual  whipping boy for Brother, remember WB said kiss my .....  

Dawg350
Dawg350

Hey guys.....even though stoops was coaching Kentucky he stilll coached FSU and won a mnc with FSU! Haaaaahaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaa!!

ARdawg
ARdawg

I see the moron filter still doesn't work

CCBravesFAN
CCBravesFAN

A word to the wise...

Beware of a coach who wears sweater vests and visors.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

johnny, you'll see that vibe Thanksgiving weekend up close and personal...prepare yourself...go dogs

POAD2013
POAD2013

Coach Pruitt said he is going to bring in a whole new scheme that will bring that FSU vibe to Georgia."


Pruitt coached at FSU for 1 year so what is the FSU VIBE? Pretty sure that VIBE was there before Pruitt and will still be there now that he is gone. 


“Pruitt and Coach Jimbo Fisher offered me going into my junior year but I never really felt that vibe at FSU."


How does this make any sense? Didn't Feel the VIBE at FSU but  likes that PRUITT is bringing "THAT VIBE" to UGa and now he wants to Feel That Vibe?

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@MUSCLECAR 

And thus we see the biggest difference with Richt and Saban. Saban is concentrating on the entire section and doing what he can to help the position Coaches and Richt concentrates on filling one position and feels like he has done something. The only position that Richt concentrates on based on entire need is Running Back and Defensive Back. Richt does a okay job Recruiting for maybe 50 to 60% of the  Defensive Line  

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@POAD2013

 I don't blame him. Would you play for Lane Kiffin?

HotDawg
HotDawg

Rick.....it must steam the bamards that their top assistant, Kirby, is a UGA man!

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@St_Simons_he-ne-haHe has plenty of room on that frame of his to put on weight in the form of muscle. With the proper diet and regiment of training he can receive at UGA, he will grow into bigger shoes for sure. Remember, a kid by the name of Lloyd on the DAWGS defense this year. He isn't a giant in the weight department but as a hybrid DE/Outside LB, he caused havoc at times with his speed for the DAWGS. Joining the big boy league (college Ball) is where these kids, with true talent, develop into great players and show whether they will be able to play at the next level.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Majority are undersized when entering college as an 18 year old true freshman....

That is one of many reasons freshmen are redshirted.

Also many are moved to different positions, depending how their bodies mature.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dawg350 The DOGS were a front runner last year well until the race actually started and that is the georgia way.

FrankFraticelli
FrankFraticelli

@SvenOttke

Recruiting has never been UGA's problem....never - just look at this year's class, it's loaded with 4 and 5 star recruits, as usual. I just think Richt has never been able to get the offense and the defense going at the same time. Maybe this year will be the turning point. We'll see,

keendaddy
keendaddy

Whiskey,

your comments make as much sense as if I said all Bama fans have one tooth and marry into their families. We all know only half of you have relations with sister's, while the other half is out roping goats, lol...

Lambert Dawg
Lambert Dawg

@WhiskeyBreath


Yea, hopefully the same way Kirby is a Georgia guy. I think you've been drinking to much Whiskey.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Drunk man

Well now he is a UGA boy. Anyways do y'all play Oklahoma next year??? Lmao!

NCDawg
NCDawg

@WhiskeyBreathmore drunken idiocy.  Neil Calloway was a Bama guy and he was Coach Richt's first O- line coach and OC.  It isn't the Bama coaches or players we despise.  It's the gloating, mind numb fans like you.  I respect Coach Saban.


Coach Pruitt is a bulldog now and he brings a new hope.  How on earth are we supposed to feel?  Dooley was an Auburn guy.  We embraced him too.


I know it's alot to ask but try to think before you post mindless crap like this.

FrankFraticelli
FrankFraticelli

@Dawg350

We all know Pruitt had Stoops on his cell phone during the FSU games relaying Jeremy the plays to call. Just kidding.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@POAD2013VIBE=I did not think I would fit in with the present team make up.  I am looking for a school, where I can showcase my talent, grow as a player and a man. I guess that is why GT  wasn't on his wish list.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@POAD2013        Shouldn't you be asking Andrew Williams most of those questions????


H is the ONLY person that can explain his "VIBES"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

The VIBE that won him the mnc at FSU! Anymore questions sport???

Rick_James
Rick_James

@HotDawg

In this case I think it bothers him more that a person with crimson pedigree is is working someplace else..I wonder why he's not worried about where Mike Shula's paycheck is coming from these days.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Red and black

That's very true.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dawg350 so that VIBE was there, you fool, when he was offered by Pruitt & Fisher. The kid just wasn't SMART ENOUGH to feel it (at FSU) but NOW he can feel it at UGa with Pruitt? LMAO that you are not even smart enough to get it 350DOG.....read what he said again or get your 4th grader to explain it to you.

AzzKiknChikn
AzzKiknChikn

@Dawg350 Ummm...no. They would have still won the National Championship with Stoops there.

CWDawg
CWDawg

@Snagglepuss@POAD2013 

Hey there Snagglepuss.  

Don't be offended if POAD doesn't write write back.  He only responds to softball questions and remarks.  He's an AJC GT blogger who's in over his head.  


I think he hooked up with those 2 boys, Buckeye and Bucky Jr.  They're probably snuggled up together on this cold winter's night playing butt naked leap frog.

FrankFraticelli
FrankFraticelli

@CWDawg @POAD2013 @Dawg350

I thought Tech had a great idea when they had rings made for their win so I started having one made every year WE won - I'm about out of fingers and toes. I'm recruiting other family members digits to help wear the jewelry.

CWDawg
CWDawg

@POAD2013@Dawg350 

Oh wow poad, you're sooooo damn smart.  I wish I was smart enough to be a blogger for the AJC like you.  How much does that pay BTW?

12 of 13!  Can you comprehend that or do you want me to put in 4th grade lingo for you?   

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

That was before Pruitt had won the mnc...he was kind of unknown then. Anyways today marks the 50 anniversary that tech left the sec!!! I'm glad they did! Haha!

CWDawg
CWDawg

@AzzKiknChikn@Dawg350 

Is that you Supersize???  It sounds your condescending AZZ. 

BTW the DAWGS beat the chickens last year, so what's your point AJC writer?

Nice job trying to provoke UGA you pathetic yeller jacket!

12 of 13! 

Dawg350
Dawg350

Wrong chicken

FSU allowed 12 points a game! So defense had a huge part in it chicken boy!

UGA 41- poultry 30!

NCDawg
NCDawg

@AzzKiknChikn@Dawg350no they just got embarrassed by NC State and run over and out muscled by UF...that's all.

Stoops had 7 future NFL draft picks starting for him and did that.  Pruitt was part of a brand new staff and started with 7 holes to fill and won a MNC.  Want to rethink that position?

AzzKiknChikn
AzzKiknChikn

@Dawg350 And they didn't win it because of Jeremy Pruitt either. They won it because of Famous Jameis. Get back to flipping burgers, sport.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Chicken rat....

But they didn't though....you can't say or know that! Nice try though! Lol