Five-star Williams is already talking about a return visit to Florida

Sep 21, 2021 | 0 comments

Before his return trip this past Saturday, the last time Columbus (Ga.) Hardaway five-star defensive tackle Mykel Williams‍ visited Florida he had nothing but good things to say about the Gators as he was leaving their Summer Kickoff recruiting event on June 1.

Less than two weeks later he pledged to Southern Cal.

Though he's still committed to the Trojans, he once again raved about his time in Gainesville.

After putting themselves in a 21-3 hole, Florida didn't roll over and die, but instead fought back to make it a two-point game.

“It surprised me too,” said Williams. “They played with a lot of heart. And it was my first time seeing a game there. Wow, it was crazy. The atmosphere was crazy. There were times when I couldn't hear my teammate standing right next to me trying to talk to me. It was wild.”

Williams said that he spoke with several Florida coaches on Saturday, and their message to him was consistent.

“They say that I can come in and play early on a defense that will dominate,” explained Williams. “Florida is on the way to being a top program in the country.”

In order for that to happen, UF will need to pry him away from USC.

And, on top of that, going forward what a coach says or does may not play as big a factor.

That is because though he has yet to suit up for a single college game, Williams has already learned an invaluable lesson about being a college athlete.

The bottom line is it is a business where coaches come and go – and in the case of Clay Helton, get fired.

“It was a wake-up call,” said Williams. “It really opened my eyes that a coach can be gone just like that. I mean, he [Helton] only made it two games. I have to think about more than coaches and football and look at everything.”

That isn't to say he is opening his recruiting process back up, at least not at this very moment.

“Right now, until I update my recruitment, I'm still 100-percent USC,” said Williams.

He then added that he is listening to four other programs.

“Right now, I'm all USC, but there's a possibility I'll take official visits to Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Georgia and I can take another one to USC. I've been discussing them with the coaches, but I don't have them set up”

Having already officially visited Southern Cal one before, because there was a coaching change the NCAA would permit a return visit under a new staff.

Williams is the No. 29 rated prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite.

The Inside Scoop: Florida has had him on campus twice since the summer, but just listening to him, though he enjoyed himself, it doesn't sound like UF made a big enough of a move to put them at the top of his list. It did sound like he may back off of his USC commitment in the near future, but the Trojans' new staff will have a chance to retain him, especially as long as his brother, tight end Micheal Trigg, remains on the team. At the very least, I would expect UF to get an official visit.

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