FLORIDA FOOTBALL & RECRUITING COVERAGE
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- Five thoughts on the just-completed Early Signing Period
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The Billy Napier era at Florida was kicked off by the commitment of Christian Williams. The offensive line prospect out of Missouri City, Texas, had previously been committed to Napier and Louisiana and then made the move with Napier to the Gators.
The early signee has the size to be a quality talent in the SEC. After speaking with Williams, it’s clear he is excited about the opportunity and has a personality you can’t help but want in your locker room.
Take a glimpse at who Williams is in this edition of Getting to Know.
You were the first commit of the Napier era, what’s your relationship with him like?
“It’s pretty good. He was my only D1 offer out of high school, so that bond had always been there. I always felt like he had my back in everything, so as soon as he left for Florida, and he actually wanted me to come with him, it was a no-brainer for me.”
He recruited you at Louisiana and brought you along with him. What was that like?
“It was a surreal experience. I’ve always had SEC aspirations. Looking at my senior year, it wasn’t looking so bright, but as soon as he sent the offer, I felt good. I was happy.”
Was it one of those offers that once you got it you knew this was the place? How long was it before you committed?
“[Napier] had sent me the offer the day before my trip to Florida. So before the early signing day had come I wanted to switch my commitment before the new coach for Louisiana came in. So as soon as I got it, and I knew Napier was going to be the head coach, I switch my decision.”
What’s one area of your game you really want to focus on and refine?
“Just being better with my hands and footwork. Just details.”
What would you say to outsiders looking in that are doubting you, doubting this recruiting class and Florida as a whole?
“For me, I don’t really have anything. I really been doubted since I came here from the school I came from my 9th-grade year. So just to be in this position now, all I’m going to tell them now is ‘Watch us, it’s coming.’”
According to the 247 Composite, you are the lowest-rated non-kicker in Florida's class. What would you say to those fans who dismiss you because of that?
“If stars are all that matter, then so be it. I'm here to win and coach Napier entrusted me with the spot. So I can’t say much for the future, but I’m definitely ready to get at it and prove I deserve to be here.”
Why is Florida the place any remaining prospect should choose?
“Well, when I went out to Florida, I met a lot of the players who went there, and of course Avery [Helm] who also went to Marshall with me my 10th-grade year. So when he came in and he told me that Napier got a dream and a very big idea and we all get behind it, we can do it. I heard that from multiple people. After that, I was like ‘Okay, we can do it.””
You mentioned earlier that you got bowl games to watch, are you able to watch football as a fan or is it a constant film study?
“I mean it's half-and-half depending on what I’m watching. usually, I watch the game for enjoyment, but if I’m watching a pretty good school, I think I will be watching for film more.”
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Who were your teams growing up on the college level and the NFL?
“I don’t know why but [Texas] A&M was always the team that I used to look at. Growing up in Texas, Houston mainly, the biggest college schools here you got UH or A&M and then you got Texas. But when you really start to look at who is the better of those teams it’s always A&M.”
“In the NFL, I’m a Ravens fan. I know we’re not doing too hot this year, but hey it’s okay.”
You know Florida fans aren’t going to like the mention of Texas A&M. Are you willing to let that fandom go?
“Definitely. Absolutely. Florida came through for me in the end. And if they came through for me then I’m willing to die for everything, for the whole organization.”
What do you look for in a good roommate once you get on campus?
“Cleanliness is always at the top of the list. Always. But really for me, it’s just being a cool dude. Just be clean and be a cool dude. That’s all I can ask for.”
Who has been the biggest role model for you in your life?
“My mom [Vanessa Williams]. She always made ways for me and my brother. She always made ways for us no matter the situation or what was happening. She always made sure we were straight. I want to be there for her now.”
You’re given the AUX cord for the locker room, what is the go-to song you’re playing?
“Shoot. I mean… I don’t think I’m going to pick it up. My music taste is out of there. People don’t be understanding what I’m putting on. I think I’d rather just wave it away, let somebody else get it. I’ll put my AirPods in.”
What are three things on your bucket list?
“I always wanted to jump out of a plane. I want to skydive one time. I think I’m a little too big though. I also want to make an album. I like music. I also want to make my own clothing line as well.”
If you could have dinner with three people from any point in history, who would they be?
“Kanye West because he’s the greatest of course.”
“Malcolm X is one of my greatest inspirations, as well.”
“Probably Elon Musk. I’d want to sit down with him too. Do business, teach me some numbers.”
What meal are you having at this dinner?
“We got to go traditional soul food, of course. Something with a little gravy to it. Maybe some smothered steak. You know what I’m saying?”
What TV show should we be watching?
“Bet, I got you. ‘Snowfall’ of course. I’m watching ‘Designated Survivor.’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ of course because that’s top tier. Probably ‘Death Note,’ an anime. It’s always good to throw in an anime.”
Are you a fan of superhero movies?
“Oh, of course. Marvel, DC, all of them.”
If you could be any superhero, who would you be?
“Spiderman. He’s just cold. It’s Spiderman.”
What would be your first purchase if you got drafted by the NFL?
“I’ll probably invest my money. I’m trying to make my money work for me, so I’ll probably invest.”
What is one item that you cannot live without?
“I can’t live without lotion. I got dark skin. I can’t be out here ashy. So lotion is definitely up there.”
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
“Probably just now getting out of college. I see myself preparing for the draft. Getting ready and honing my skills.”
What are some of your interests beyond football? Any career goals once the playing days are over?
“Fashion, of course, and music, of course. Other than that, I think I might want to do architecture. I think I really want to start designing my own things. Like television shows, anything I like, hats. Just whatever I want.”
Who are the top artists you listen to?
“Have to be Kanye, Tyler [the Creator], Westside Gunn, Kid Cudi, and Freddie Gibbs. That has to be my top-five.”
That’s with Kanye in first?
“Of course, who is Kanye second to?”
What is one thing about you that the Gator Nation would be surprised to find out?
“I listen to a lot of R&B if that counts. I’m not really a special person. I’m just chilling.”