Garrett Williams sits in the crowd with girlfriend and fellow Orlando First Academy athlete Kennedy Wilson at Florida State's Doak Campbell Stadium during the Garnet and Gold Spring Game. (CHRIS HAYS/ORLANDO SENTINEL / April 13, 2013)
Orlando First Academy TE-DE Garrett Williams, a Class of 2015 prospect, reeled in another big-time offer Thursday as Big Ten Michigan State joined the list of suitors, according to TFA coach Leroy Kinnard.
Williams, the son of former Florida State fullback Dayne Williams, now has eight offers, with the others coming from FSU, Virginia, Clemson,Tennessee, Kentucky, Akron and Duke.
"I knew they were coming today and I'm just really excited getting that offer ... my first Big Ten offer," Williams said. "I've heard a lot about Michigan State and Coach [head coach Mark] Dantonio and it's a great Big Ten school and a great football program."
There has been plenty of traffic at TFA practices this season. Just off the top of his head, Williams said coaches from Notre Dame, Florida, FSU, Clemson, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Rutgers, Northwestern, Ole Miss and Virginia have visited.
"There's always pressure when somebody comes down from wherever they are from specifically to watch you," Williams said. "And they're not just coming to see me. We have a lot of good players here and they're also coming to see Fletcher [Magee] and Josh [Peters] and Kwad [Smith] and Chris [Miller] and Landon [Scheer]. We still have a great time even though [the recruiters] are there and we love seeing them there so it’s prety good . It's exciting for all of us."
This past season as a sophomore, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Williams was third on the team in tackles with 76, while he leading the Class 3A state Final Four Royals in sacks with 10.
Williams has already made several college visits, including attending the FSU spring game last month.
"The ones I visited I’ve loved," said Williams last month after Tennessee offered. "I visited Ohio State, which hasn’t offered me, and that was awesome, and then Clemson was incredible, and Virginia and Florida State, but I really don’t have a timetable to rank them yet. I'm still trying to take them in and narrow it down a little bit.
"Right now as they come in I just try to learn a little bit about each one and I’m sure God has an idea where I’m going to go to college. It's a big decision. I want to be committed before my senior season so I don't have to stress about that during my senior year."
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