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March 7, 2011
In-state lineman has UF in early top three
Leonard Williams, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive end prospect out of Daytona Beach, Fla., isn't a household name on the rivals network. That should change in the near future.
According to Williams, schools are beginning to take notice of his abilities, holding offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Miami, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Everyone has offered him as a defensive end outside of Georgia, who is recruiting him as an outside linebacker.
The jumbo defensive end prospect claims a top three of Alabama, Florida and Miami at this point, with all three schools even.
He went on to say why each school was currently sitting in his top three.
Alabama: "They have a real good program and coaches. I got to go to one of their camps and work out with them."
Florida: "I've liked them since I've grown up so that's the main reason why."
Miami: "It's a good school and I get along with their coaches. And they have one of the best business schools in America."
Williams has only visited two schools so far this year, Miami and South Florida.
He stated of his Miami visit, "Miami was real nice, they showed me the campus and stuff, then we went to a basketball game. They also let us sit in the classrooms to see what class would be like."
The Florida Gators seem to be recruiting Williams hard as well.
"I mainly talk to Coach (D.J.) Durkin," Williams said. "He tells me they have great interest in me and I have a great chance of coming in and being redshirted, and then I could have a chance to play."
What exactly is Williams looking for in a school?
"I want to go to a school where I can get a lot of playing time, and a school that has the best academics for my major. I want to major in Business or Sports Medicine."
He boasts a 2.9 GPA, but is working hard to raise that a couple of points. He is also scheduled to take the SAT this coming Saturday.
In his junior season for his division 6A Mainland team, Williams racked up 91 tackles, 14 for a loss and three sacks.
In regards to any kind of commitment in the near future, Williams said, "I'm holding off for a while. Right now I'm just going to go with the flow and go on a couple of visits and figure it out from there."
He would like to visit Florida sometime soon, and will go to camps with his teammates at Clemson, Florida State and Miami.