June 29, 2008
Williams is ready to lay the wood
It's been three months since Early County Safety Shawn Williams gave his pledge to UGA, becoming the sixth player to commit to the Dawgs at the time. He burst on the scene last fall, and his recruitment ended as fast as it began, as he jumped at his first offer and a chance to play for the in state school. His athleticism would have garnered him multiple SEC and ACC scholarships, and his aggressive instincts and abilities stood out in the spring spotlight.
"I was glad to get it out of the way, so that all these colleges would not come and distract me," said Williams. "I wanted to focus on playing ball and getting better, and I can do that now."
He let it be known when he committed to UGA that he was one hundred percent solid, but did the other schools take heed?
"They tried to contact me in the beginning, but they got the hint. They stopped trying, which is good."
Even though he has gotten that dream offer, he may still want to prove he is among the best in the state in the secondary. He let us know he still planned to head up to Athens to show them in person what he could do.
"Yeah I want to make it to a UGA camp before the season starts, I hope to get up there and compete."
Early County is located in the deep southwest part of the state, so many people may not be familiar with the team. Williams takes pride in his team's defense, and wanted to let everyone know they plan to play the game the way it's meant to be played.
"We have a good team, but our defense is definitely our strength," he pointed out. "I love the way we swarm to the ball, and we have fun doing it. They say I bring the excitement to the 'D', but I think it is because my teammates put me in a position to make plays."
The 6-foot-1 195-pound safety may already have a spot in college, but that does not mean he is satisfied with himself as a player.
"I need to work on everything. I have to get quicker feet, and make better decisions in coverage. I want to improve a lot before I get to Athens."
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