Posted: 12:54 am Monday, July 14th, 2014

Nation’s No. 1 WR prospect ‘shutting it down’ with recruiting 

By Michael Carvell

If one of the four recruiting services bumped up Preston Williams to the state’s No. 1 overall prospect, it would be hard to argue against it.

Right now, that spot is held by Westover defensive tackle Trenton Thompson.

Williams is a 6-foot-4 wide receiver from Lovejoy who is ranked as the state’s No. 5 overall prospect.

He’s also listed as the No. 1 WR in the USA.

This past week, Williams participated in The Opening all-star competition, and lived up to his advanced billing, according to some of the recruiting analysts.

I think Williams is the best WR prospect that Georgia has produced since Da’Rick Rogers in 2009.

Like Rogers, Williams is headed to Tennessee.

Will Preston take any more visits? Are UGA and Florida still in the picture? Will his girlfriend’s college plans affect his final destination?

Williams talks about that and more candidly in the below video:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1496419233001?bctid=3673471803001

One more thing: I wouldn’t have a problem with Thompson, Williams or Callaway two-way star Terry Godwin (who probably is the state’s most overall talented player) in the top spot. And you could probably throw Chuma Edoga in there as well.

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22 comments
FireSomebody
FireSomebody

These comments come a week after tweeting he's considering opening it back up.  Hilarious.


With the "everybody else is overrated" comment he's probably headed to the best place for him.

Gopher86
Gopher86

@AllGTturds, Who cares about who's who of academics? Here's Preston Williams problem: When you're this young, this talented and you're making your decisions on where to go to school based on a girlfriends decision, your a statistic waiting to flunk out. I'm willing to bet you this kid father wasn't strong in his life. Reason? He's making and emotional decision, and not a logical one.

MTaggart
MTaggart

Actually Tenn is about as difficult to get into as UGA. You have to realize that some kids actually prefer to schools not in their state for whatever reason. Just look at any roster, they are littered with out of state kids.

te29wr
te29wr

Tenn like Ole Miss will take the girlfriend who could not get into most schools just to get the player   UGA and Fla   are hard schools to attend without high SAT scores and above a 3.5 GPA

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Gopher86 


Nothing you just posted above is remotely logical.  But it does contain a lot of illogical generalizations about a young man and his family, of which you may or may not know anything about.     

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

@MTaggart a little fact for you fro US News nat'l. university rankings

UF- 49

UGA- 60

Bama, Aub and Mizz also ranked above Tn.

TN- 101

some kids may certainly prefer out of state schools......but academics is not the reason here

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

@MTaggart ha!

it's vandy..a bit of a drop....UF, UGA...and then another drop...

UT is at best a mid-tier SEC academic school.

all schools have certain degrees that they may excel at, but UT is hardly in the general conversation with UGA.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@MTaggart 


Not true.  Tennessee has accepted players who did not meet academic entry requirements at Florida (and one that flunked out of Florida and then went directly to Tennessee), and I know that Georgia's acceptance policy concerning athletes is very similar to those at Florida.   

TampGator1
TampGator1

@te29wr


Athletes at Florida and Georgia do not have to have as high a GPA as regular students, as at Tennessee, but the SAT and ACT scores have to be higher.  The high school class prerequisites are also more demanding at Florida and Georgia for athletes than Tennessee. 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@te29wr You have first hand knowledge of that? She wasn't smart enough to go to UGA?

MTaggart
MTaggart

@P_The_Ricker @MTaggart TN does have a pretty good architecture school a pretty good engineering school and a pretty good law school. But I doubt if either as good as UF.

MTaggart
MTaggart

@P_The_Ricker @MTaggart So, I'm not sure how many universities there are in America, I imagine there may be about 200 at least. And if that is the case that would me TN is in the top 50 half. Not too bad. 

MTaggart
MTaggart

@TampGator1 Just saying "about" as difficult as UGA. For the purposes of this conversation it was regarding Tenn and UGA. Not Tenn and FL. But I'm sure that Tenn has accepted players that other schools didn't want or that kids couldn't qualify to. Fact is if all schools had exact requirements then alot of kids would be left out as far as an education goes. I suppose that would help explain why some schools degree is considered "worth more" than some others. I heard a long time ago though that FL accepted this one kid that had trouble getting into another school. I can't remember his name or the school that wouldn't accept him, but it was many many years ago.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@TampGator1 29 has no idea what school his girlfriend could get in, just another dawg fan trying to take a shot at TN.

gadem
gadem

@gtcaryd @te29wr Of course he doesn't...He's butt hurt, so he will just throw anything to the wall and see if it sticks. FYI te29wr, throwing a tantrum like a child will not make Preston Williams want to attend your school.


#GBO#VFL

TampGator1
TampGator1

@MTaggart


John Brown was his name.  A five star DT recruit that Meyer wanted. He was a special education student and did not meet the minimum requirements for athletes at Florida.  Meyer got him admitted under special education guidelines.  He later flunked out of Florida and guess where he transferred to.......Tennessee.   He did not make it academically there either. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@gadem 


Ever heard of Omari Phillips, the DT recruit from Florida?  He committed (and believe signed) to Florida but was told he did not have the academic scores to get into Florida.  He signed with Tennessee instead, with no academic issues to overcome.     

MTaggart
MTaggart

@TampGator1 @MTaggart Not sure we're talking about the same guy. The player I am thinking of was recruited by Charlie Pell or maybe Galen Hall.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@MTaggart


Totally different era for Florida, both academically and athletically concerning academic expectations and following NCAA rules.  But then came Spurrier.......