Posted: 5:40 pm Friday, January 31st, 2014

Top Georgia recruit to makes last-minute trip to UGA 

By Michael Carvell

  • UPDATED: Williams confirmed Saturday’s official visit to UGA via Twitter

One of the state’s top uncommitted prospects not named Lorenzo Carter will take an official visit to UGA this weekend.

Andrew Williams, a 4-star defensive end from Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, will visit UGA on Saturday after meeting on Friday with Bulldogs assistants Jeremy Pruitt and Tracy Rocker.

DT Andrew Williams of ECLA (247sports)

DT Andrew Williams of ECLA (247sports)

“I think he is going to go up there tomorrow and watch film with the coaching staff,” ECLA coach Jonathan Gess told the AJC on late Friday. “But I know he’s not going up there today. He might go there on an official visit tomorrow. I can’t tell you if he will spend the night there tomorrow night, but I think he is.”

Williams is ranked as the state’s No. 17 overall prospect, and has Auburn and Clemson as his co-leaders. He will announce his decision at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday in a ceremony at ELCA, the Class A private school in  McDonough.

Why does Williams have interest in taking a last-minute trip at UGA? “I think he’s just looking,” Gess said. “A lot of times, these kids don’t want to tell anybody ‘No.’ I think Andrew knows he wants to go to Auburn or Clemson, but his daddy wants him to go to Georgia and hear out the new DC and Coach Rocker. It’s one of those things where if you go to Georgia and you’re not swayed, then you really do know you have the right final two schools with Auburn and Clemson. If they do swing you, then maybe you didn’t have the right schools.”

The 6-foot-4, 247-pound Williams is projected by recruiting analysts to be a traditional defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. Pruitt will be running a 3-4 formation at UGA, but is trying to convince Williams that he would fit into that scheme, too.

“Andrew is a 4-3 defensive end — he’s a defensive end for a four-man front, and he knows that,” Gess said. “But that’s the big selling point for Pruitt. He wants Andrew to come in and be able to show him on film ‘This is how we will use you.’ Pruitt is saying he’s more of a four-man front more than a 3-4 guy. Who knows? It’s hard to decipher what college coaches are selling you. I don’t think that Andrew is going to Georgia. I just think he’s not going to say ‘No’ to an invitation to sit down with the coaches. He’s going to check it out, and his daddy wanted him to do that.

“I think Drew has a great relationships with Auburn and Clemson. So it would be real hard for Georgia in one day to swing that because he’s got great relationships with both head coaches at Auburn and Clemson, along with both defensive line coaches.”

Rodney Garner (AP)

Rodney Garner (AP)

Ironically, one of the main reasons that Williams likes Auburn so much is because of his relationship with defensive line coach Rodney Garner, the former UGA recruiting coordinator. Garner didn’t show much interest in Williams when he was at UGA, allowing other schools to get a gigantic head start ahead of the Bulldogs in the recruiting process.

“Andrew had an amazing senior season,” Gess said. “I think when people look at Drew, maybe because we’re a smaller school and don’t get the clout that a Lorenzo Carter would get, when you come in and look at him, and you see his body and his physique, and you watch film and his feet, it’s easy to see he’s probably one of the best, if not, best defensive end in the state. He has got long arms, big hands and he’s 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds — and there’s not an ounce of fat on his body. Of course, with Auburn and Clemson and a few others, he was always No. 1 on their board. He has always been the guy they had to have. Pruitt wanted him bad when he was at Florida State, but Andrew didn’t want to go to Florida State. That’s why Georgia is getting in on him now. “

More on Pruitt and the 3-4 defense: When Pruitt was hired as UGA’s defensive coordinator a few weeks ago, he explained how players would be used in his 3-4 scheme: “First thing is I’m not really familiar with what was done here before, but we are and will be a 3-4 defense. However, in this day and time when you look out there, you’ve got people who say they’re 3-4 or 4-3 but at the end of the day, you watch teams play and there’s so much difference. One week you might play against a team that has two tight ends and one running back, and next week it might be one running back and four wide receivers. So teams that are 3-4, you’ll see them line up in 4-3 defenses and teams that are 4-3, you’ll see them line-up in odd defenses. I think you’ve got to be able to do both. That’s what we’ll do. We’ll figure out who our best guys are and we’ll get our best guys on the field.”

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44 comments
C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Williams just told me that he didn't look at many Georgia games this past year because if he did he would have noticed that Georgia's Defense used the 3-4 only about a third of the time. They ran the 5-2-4 and the 4-3 more.

THE.Buckeye
THE.Buckeye

And another thing. I've about had it with Richt and theses back to back SEC championships that he won the previous two years. He carries around horrible assistant coaches like MB who is so bad that they have been near the top of scoring offense for the last two years for sure and have almost always had a high scoring offense since Richt has been there. They need to fire him. And what's up with these new hires of Pruitt and Rocker? What was Richt thinking by getting the DC of the national champs? What an idiot! And Rocker? This guy developed linemen like Nick Fairly and Jamaal Anderson. He himself was an All American defensive lineman! What does he know? McGarity should just fire the whole staff. But what do I know? I don't have an extensive football background like most of the other haters on here.

THE.Buckeye
THE.Buckeye

I just wanted to say to everyone on the blog that I'm sorry for all of the immature comments and instigating arguments with UGA fans on the AJC blogs. The reason that I do it is that although my team wins a lot of games against nobodies, We always get crushed by the better teams. Ultimately, that tears down my self esteem and I come on your blog because misery loves company. I just have been trying to bring you down to my level. I've been wrong and immature to do that and I'm sorry. You have a great recruiting class.

FrankFraticelli
FrankFraticelli

Nothing left to fuss over until after signing day...GO DAWGS!

HotDawg
HotDawg

I'll bet Tracy Rocker could destroy rodney garner in a cage match!

ruffdawg
ruffdawg

Mark Richt brought this on himself, he needs to be more in tune with his program...The whole program... Offense,Defense, Special Tms, Coaches and Recruiting..... Great Coaches give attention to details.....It's not Garner or Grantham responsibility... Richt should have held his coaches more accountable period. Go Dawgs!!!

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Coach Pruitt to recruit Williams: " sign with Georgia and we can guarantee you will play in a warm weather Bowl, most likely Orlando or Tampa every year "

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Yo Mike C ...might wish to get out your Mean Ole Nick Saban run of recruit x to get a better recruit. Insert Chris Williams. Just saying.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Hope he selects UGA over the cow college. Pruitt going to put a stop to the barn taking recruits from the Dawgs and that is good for Bama and UGA. I had much rather lose to UGA than the crop facility.

walkermydog
walkermydog

Can't wish nothing but the worst for rodney garner!!!!!!

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

i can tell by his shirt hes a smart kid who loves america and what is more american then uga on a saturday afternoon?  come to athens if you want to be a part of something special and mabey you could wear that shirt when you get to visit the white house.

HotDawg
HotDawg

At least he's patriotic....

Seriously, teams are trying to rotate linemen to keep fresh. And are using multiple formations/schemes throughout all games.

So he would be used as effectively at Georgia as he would at other schools that say they have a 4-3.

ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

His opinion was probably forged from his brothers experience at Tech with Groh. Most 3-4 teams however move a linebacker up into 4 and sometimes 5 man fronts anyway so the whole 4-3/3-4 thing is largely overblown.

JacketMan
JacketMan

Andrew has been very vocal that he has no intention of playing in a 3-4 defense, and that was why he dropped schools like Alabama right off the bat. If UGA is going to be running this defense, as indicated in the article, I'm not sure why either 1) he's been saying this all along, or 2) he's wasting UGA's time, and money, on this official trip they when could be giving another recruit who WOULD be interested.

I hope Pruitt, Rocker, and Richt really vetted this guy for your team's sake. Personally, I think it's a massive waste of resources, but time will tell.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@THE.Buckeye(aka The KY Jelly Boy)


Confession is good for the soul  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@ruffdawg


You wouldn't know big wood from brush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Inbred Nutcase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Infraredguy


Infraredguy to TEBuckeye.  Did you bring the KY Jelly or was I supposed to bring it?????????

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@Infraredguy  you need some new material...the other trolls will be pissed you are plagiarizing their old, worn out BS...go dogs

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Think so? How is Pruitt going to do that? Start dancing like Saban or singing like Kiffin?

HotDawg
HotDawg

Agree with the assessment. What's with the name, though? Like to instigate? No big deal with me either way. Just curious. But when I constantly hear people complain about the place they choose to live, I always remind Delta is ready when you are.....

Back to sports.

JacketMan
JacketMan

It has nothing to do with Tech; he had already said that he didn't want to play in a 3-4 in any uncertain circumstances, even after coming on Tech's campus numerous times to vist his brother. He said he ONLY wanted to play Defensive End in a 4-3 Defense. No misunderstanding. Nick Saben heard the same story as did every other coach running a base 3-4 Defense.

He doesn't want to drop into coverage; he wants to only play the run and rush the passer. End of story.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@ConfederateFlagBurner  agreed...if you look at these teams you always have 4-5 guys on the line...a couple standing on the end and they either rush or drop back in coverage...most are hybrids...go dogs

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@JacketMan  It's never a waste of time for any college when you can get an elite recruit on campus. Anything can and does happen

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@JacketMan  it's worth a shot...and Richt has plenty of resources to pull from...go dogs

JeffersonDavisHogg
JeffersonDavisHogg

@JacketMan Not sure about this one either although it's been said that CJP will probably employ more 4-3 next yr than 3-4. Game situations will dictate. I'm sure they will show him plenty of film on how he will be used in the scheme. He would be a good one to have none the less. I don't think he's going to land in Athens though

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

@JacketMan  I don't think you want to play the "massive waste of resources" game.  If Tech's involved, it's like shooting fish in a barrel.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Infraredguy


Which Bowl did BARN play in in 2012??? Was it a warm weather Bowl???? Cold weather Bo.........................Oops forgot about that SEC 0 for 8 record!!!


Just wondering..   Has ANY OTHER SEC team gone 0  for  8   in conference play ever????

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@JacketMan I don't think Tech's 3-4 defense had anything with Andrew's consideration of GT imho

JacketMan
JacketMan

No need to get personal, I was trying to be honest, not insulting UGA's recruiting efforts. They've done a great job historically. Personally, I don't understand going after Andrew.

JacketMan
JacketMan

Michael, you may be right, but I generally take people at their word, especially when the rest of their pattern of behavior seems to bear things out. Like I said, he told everyone at Tech it had nothing to do with not wanting to play at GA Tech with his brother, but not wanting to play in a 3-4 defense, and by him refusing to also consider top schools like Alabama that also run/ran the 3-4 at the time, I have to give him the benefit of the doubt.

thebucket
thebucket

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie UGA had 68 scholarship players in 2012 and gave Bama a run for the money in the SECCG. After bringing in over 30 last year the numbers are back in line with where they need to be. So you can retire the line about Richt not being able to keep 60 players on the roster. If you are comfortable with "the process" that is used at Bama in order to keep 85 on the roster, then so be it, but just because Richt doesn't "process" student athletes that doesn't mean that he is inferior to Saban.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Any pride in winning SEC championships?

Of course there is. UGA has many.

If SEC's are meaningless to bamards, erase them from your record books.

Being serious for a moment, wet will.....don't believe anyone should ever minimalize any SEC championships, by any team.

So don't be so flippant with the "call us when you win something" crap.

It's been a few years now, granted, but they're competing more than not.

This idea that a team is no good unless they win it all is BS. Don't fall into the instant gratification generation. We know your older than that.

The all or nothing crowd is dissapointed more often than they are ever satisfied.

I'm trying to be nice to ya man. Don't make it difficult.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie


Call "US" when you win something?????  Who is "US"????


You got a mouse in your pocket?? What position did you play????  or maybe you are just Sabie's,  (the 8th dwarf) personal shoeshine boy and statue washer.If you did a better job of shooing pigeons off Sabie's statue the washing would much easier!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@Jeff...you full of it sport. Nick Saban has never stated he recruited anybody to keep them from another team With 85 you can't. Joe Coker...cry me a river.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

You don't have a clue what the hell you're talking about. 4 year scholly. Hell man Richt can't keep 60 players on the roster at one time. Call us when you win something.

JeffersonDavisHogg
JeffersonDavisHogg

@HotDawg Saban has admitted just that. Recruiting players to keep the competition from getting them. Read a column out of Tuscaloosa the other day stating that Bama does not release to the press the number of athlete's they have on scholarship therefor making it easier to "cut" players. And players still fall for it.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Jacketman.....I don't believe this to be true in the case with this kid, but sometimes I believe coaches recruit a kid as much to keep him away from another school. To me, Saban does that alot. For instance, alvin kamara. They had a ton of running backs and still went after him. Today he is transferring. And bama kids are being cut to make scholarship room for another batch. Guess Bama won't ever be offering the recently allowed 4 year scholarship guarrantee.