Florida coming on strong for Williams

Will Muschamp is known for being the “flipper” of recruits committed elsewhere and he has his eyes set on one in 2015.

That prospect is Miami running back commit Dexter Williams (5-11, 195, Orlando, FL West Orange) who plans to visit Gainesville soon.

“I’m visiting Florida for Friday Night Lights on Friday,” Williams said. “I’m just going up there to enjoy it and have a good time. I just really feel comfortable with everything because it’s like home up there and I’m real comfortable with everyone but I want to talk to the coaches more.”

When Williams visits Florida on Friday he will probably hear a lot from Gator fans but that’s something he has grown used to in Orlando.

“I hear about Florida everyday,” Williams said. “My mom and dad are still pushing Florida for me and I hear about Florida from my parents, from Jalen [Julius] and from the fans in my area. Everyone says go to Florida.”

Not only does Williams hear from people around him but he also hears the same message from Will Muschamp when the two talk.

“Coach Muschamp just tells me that I’m a Florida dude,” Williams said. “He says that my family are Gator fans and that I should join Florida and be apart of the family.”

In April Williams surprised Muschamp and everyone around by committing to Miami but he says that isn’t his final decision.

“I’m still weighing everything,” Williams said. “I just want to see the season and then I’ll make my decision. I’ll make my final decision around February.”

One thing that could help Florida is that Williams has a good relationship with Florida-lean Ray-Ray McCloud, who could commit to Florida on July 28th.

“I think Ray-Ray and me together would be a good combination,” Williams said. “We are both good running backs that can play the slot. We are both known to make big plays and he’s a top player in Florida; so getting the opportunity to play with him would be good. I’ve seen what he could do at the Opening and I mean he’s a very good athlete.”

When Williams makes it up to Gainesville on Friday he will not be able to participate in the workouts due to an injury.

“I had a bad sprained ankle this spring,” Williams said. “I wasn’t able to work out at the Opening and I won’t be able to work out at Friday Night Lights.”


INSIDER TAKE: If Florida shows well on the field  this season then I think it’s very possible Williams ends up in the Orange and Blue due to his family and himself growing up fans of the program. If Florida has a bad year I could see Williams going out of state for college.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.


  1. I wonder why you think that Williams won’t stick with his commitment to Miami. Is it because they have three other running backs in this class? I think Williams is very important to UF, I agree with your feeling that he’ll come if UF does well this season. A much more critical guy that UF needs to flip is D.J. Jones. He picked FSU a couple of days ago. Does UF have any chance to flip him? I think he’s a guy that could immediately make Florida better at a position of weakness right now, the center of the defense.

    • DJ Jones will probably flip to South Carolina and I just don’t see Dexter going to Miami with all of the backs their plus his family wants him at Florida.