Every year the Florida Gators evaluate tape trying to find a late riser and this year one of those guys is athlete Chris Williamson (6-0, 185, Gainesville, GA High) who had a great senior year.
After the Gators new coaching staff watched his film, Florida decided they were interested and cornerbacks coach Kirk Callahan visited him on Tuesday but he received good news from Florida last week.
“My recruiting coordinator was actually the one who told me about that I had an offer from Florida last week,” Williamson said. “I called Coach Callahan a few times since then and he came by on Tuesday to visit me. He said that he was sorry that he didn’t get to offer me himself but that he loved my film and my length at corner.”
When Callahan visited Williamson on Tuesday the message was short and simple but Williamson admits that he has done some homework on Florida already.
“Coach Callahan said that they have some corners now but they will be gone in a year or two so they need more young guys,” Williamson said. “I know they’ve got a great group of young DB’s and I like the opportunity to go in and compete with those guys. Florida has a top-notch education, so those things are definitely intriguing to me too after I’ve done some research on Florida.”
Williamson who plays multiple positions in high school has been recruited by schools on both sides of the ball but he has a preference in college.
“Florida offered me as an athlete but my preference is to play cornerback,” Williamson said. “If I have to play receiver then I will but defense is what I prefer to play in college.”
The Georgia native is no stranger to what kind of football Florida plays and that makes the offer from the Gators even bigger for him.
“It means a lot to get an offer from Florida,” Williamson said. “Being from the South it means a lot to get an offer from a SEC school like Florida because the SEC is big boy football. If Florida feels like I can play in the SEC then it’s an honor to me. I’m blessed.”
Now that Florida has offered the Georgia athlete, Williamson says he will be in Gainesville soon to check out Florida.
“I’ll be visiting Florida next weekend on the 30th,” Williamson said. “I visited North Carolina last weekend and I’ll be visiting Michigan this weekend. Georgia and Notre Dame are still in the mix and I have another visit open so I may take a mid-week visit to one of them.”
One school is leading for Williamson right now but it’s a school that he visited last year and won’t see again.
“Cal is my leader right now,” Williamson said. “Florida is definitely in the mix with me though and Coach Callahan and I are already building a great relationship so I can’t wait to get down there for a visit.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Williamson wants to make a decision right after his Florida visit and right now I would say Florida is even with Michigan, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Georgia. Next weekend’s visit is huge for Florida.