Florida had a bye week after two straight tough losses on the road but while the players got a bit of a break from football, the coaching staff hit the road recruiting, making a West Coast stop to see linebacker Dwight Williams (6-1, 212, Gardena, CA Junipero Serra).
“Coach T-Rob (Travaris Robinson) came by on Thursday,” Williams said. “I only got to see him for second because we had a homecoming assembly but he talked to my coach for a few minutes about my season.”
Despite the limited opportunity to interact with the coaches, the California prospect communicates often via phone with Florida’s coaches.
“I talk to Florida once a week or every two weeks,” Williams said. “I usually talk to coach (D.J.) Durkin or coach B White (Brian White) depending on the week.”
This season hasn’t gone the way Florida would have hoped but the linebacker prospect says he isn’t worry about the state of the Gators program and in fact he sees it as an opportunity for himself.
“I don’t really pay attention to wins and losses too much unless it gets out of hand,” Williams said. “But Florida’s coaches have control of things down there and are getting things right. I see it as motivation that I could come into the program and help them get better and get on the winning track like they use to be.”
Linebacker is not a huge position of need but the Gators want to take one prospect in this class and Williams will make his first visit to Gainesville in November hoping to fill that spot.
“I’ll be taking my official visit to Florida for the Florida State game,” Williams said. “My parents are trying to join me but right now they are looking at their plans to make sure they can make it. This will be my first visit to Florida so I want to see everything for myself. Everybody tells me about how nice The Swamp is and how crazy the atmosphere is so I want to see it all for myself. I want to see how the coaches interact with the players and meet some of the players too. I also want to see the facilities and see the campus for myself.”
While Florida is recruiting Williams hard he says it is a school from the Big 12 Conference that has recruited him the hardest.
“I took an official to Oklahoma and right now they are recruiting me the hardest,” Williams said. “I’m not sure who else I will take officials too right now so maybe someone will start recruiting me harder.”