Virgina junior linebacker Chase Williams spent the spring traveling every little moment he had. After trips to LSU, Penn State, Tennessee,Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Miami, and West Virginia, Williams ended his nationwide tour by stopping off at SMU for the spring game.
“It was a great trip. I like the campus a lot. Everything was really convenient, its all right there. It seemed like everyone that I met was really eager to help,” stated Williams to PonyStampede.com on Monday night. “Becoming successful is a priority to those people. That was really good to see.”
SMU seemed to lay out the royal carpet for Williams (6-3, 235-pounds), not hiding the fact that he is one of their top linebacker prospects. A defensive coach was by his side almost every moment. Currently, Williams has offers from SMU, West Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Maryland, South Carolina, LSU, Miami, Alabama, Rice, Tulane, New Mexico State, and Marshall.
“I thought they treated me really well. I don't know if it was any different than any of the other recruits thats were there, said Williams. “As I look around on these trips, I see a lot of guys just hanging out. When I go, I'm there to pay attention to practice and to see the schemes they are doing and how they are doing it.”
Last season, Williams had 163 tackles along with 4 sacks and 1 interception. As a tight end, he had 36 grabs for over 400 yards and 2 touchdowns.
“I felt like it would be a good fit to me, the way their linebackers play is similar to how I think that I can play,” said Williams.
Williams is the son of NFL coach Gregg Williams. Gregg is the defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints and the former head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Coach Bert Hill and Coach Williams have known each other for some time.
“Right now I don't have any other visits. SMU was the last one of a long stint of visits every weekend. The rest of the spring just looks like training hard, running, lifting, and maybe hitting a few combines up. It will give me a chance to prove myself,” stated the 2010 recruit.
So when should we expect to see Williams make a decision?
“I have decided to graduate at semester, so I will be graduating in December. That way I can enroll in whatever college I choose in January. Because of this, my decision will have to come a little sooner. I would like to make my decision at the end of the summer or the beginning of the season. That said, I'm not going to rush anything.”
PonyStampede.com will have more with Chase Williams over the weekend in the Hilltop Review. If you don't have a premium membership, you are missing out.