Williams enjoys his Florida Gators junior day visit

The Florida Gators had to hire a new defensive line coach last week and on Saturday David Turner got to meet several 2020 prospects on the defensive line.

2020 defensive end Chantz Williams (6-4, 235, Orange Park, FL. Oakleaf) was one of those guys on campus on Saturday and he got to be around head coach Dan Mullen a lot during junior day.

“It was really good, it was nice,” Williams said of his visit to Florida on Saturday. “We got to see the game, hang out with Coach Mullen, it was a great time.”

Williams had a good first impression of defensive line coach David Turner on Saturday when they met for the first time.

“He’s a cool guy, it was nice talking to him,” he said on meeting David Turner. “It was nice getting to know him and hearing from him. I liked what I learned about him, he seems like he knows what he’s talking about and he seemed like a genuine cool guy.”

Turner didn’t have a big message for Williams on Saturday but he made sure to let him know that he was wanted in Gainesville for 2020.

“He just told me that he’s going to be recruiting me hard,” Williams said of Turner’s message for him. “He said he just got there on Sunday so he’s still trying to settle in but he knew I was a priority and he wants to work with me.”

Mullen also spoke with Williams on Saturday at the basketball game and shared a message with the defensive lineman.

“Coach Mullen just kept telling me liked me,” he said on Mullen’s message to him. “He said I have to come back up and see them more.”

Williams has been on campus a lot and has built a good relationship with the Gators coaching staff and one coach in particular.

“It’s pretty close now I feel,” Williams said of his relationship with Florida’s coaching staff. “I feel like me and Jalen [Rivers] get along with Coach [John] Hevesy the most.”

The 2020 defensive end took Saturday’s visit to see a few things for himself and Williams left knowing those answers about Florida.

“It definitely confirmed some stuff for me that I wanted to know,” he said on what Saturday’s did for Florida. “The coaching staff is a big key for me and a reason we visited.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Williams says his next visit will likely be to Auburn in March and he hopes to get back to Florida again this spring.

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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.