Nation's Top LB Visits UF


Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 5:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 5:44 p.m.

Miami Carol City linebacker Willie Williams is making his official visit to Gainesville this week after showing off his ability in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium more than a month ago.

Williams, who dominated and won MVP honors in Carol City's 6A state-championship win over Orlando Edgewater this past December, is considered one of the top two linebackers in the nation this year and will likely be recruited heavily by Florida coach Ron Zook and his troops.

Carol City coach Walt Frazier said he does not know which school Williams is leaning to right now, but any school the star linebacker visits should have a chance at him.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Williams runs a 4.42 40-yard dash and adapts to new environments easily, as he transferred to Carol City his senior season and still had a phenomenal year.

"He's a kid that has a tremendous ability to blend," Frazier said. "He has the ability to play at whatever level he needs to -- his performance speaks for itself."

Frazier said Williams has the unique ability as a leader to make players around him play at a higher level. His performance on the field sets an example for his teammates.

While Williams excels on the football field, Frazier said his classwork could improve.

"I know he has the ability to be a better student," Frazier said. "He's an underachiever in his academics and above most in his athletic ability."

As a football player, Williams offers great size, speed, awareness and experience.

"He's just the total package," Frazier said. "To have the reputation he has indicates how good he is."

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