With about an hour left of Friday Night Lights, Deland (Fla.) safety Avantae Williams strolled into Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in street clothes, was greeted by fellow four-star Marcus Dumervil, made a beeline to Coach Dan Mullen, and wasn’t really seen again.
— Inside the Gators (@InsideTheGators) July 27, 2019
Williams – 2020’s top-ranked safety – is arguably the most important remaining target for Florida’s class given the dire need at the position after this upcoming season.
He did an exclusive interview with Inside the Gators about the final months of his recruitment.
“I’m here at UF because,” he hesitated. “I just want to get a better feel for the school.”
The top 50 overall player’s thoughts are difficult to pin down.
“I talk to Coach [Greg] Knox, [Safeties Coach Ron] English, and sometimes [Head Coach Dan] Mullen and [Asst. Director of Player Personnel Keiwan] Ratliff. But I don’t talk to them consistently. I don’t really talk to any
Four coaches going in on one prospect ventures outside the norm of a primary and secondary recruiter. But when dealing with a player like Williams, many people preaching a simple message goes a long way.
“I can stay close to home, which I like, and I can get [on the field] early.”
The Sunshine State native, however, is committed to Oregon. Although he would like to stay in-state, he said it is not as much of a priority as other factors.
“Family atmosphere, coaching, and type of system it is. I like zone but I’m good at man too so it depends. Some teams may be man the whole game; some teams may switch it up. I just want to find the place [whose system] I fit into the best.”
He’s not sure where he will take his official visits, but listed Florida, Oregon, LSU, Miami, Ole Miss, and Georgia as his favorite schools.
Williams is the No. 49 rated prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite.