Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we talk the latest with one of the best players in the state of Alabama.
Christian Williams headed to Tuscaloosa this weekend
Christian Williams has been to three games at Bryant-Denny Stadium and three 7-on-7 camps over the past few years, but this will be his first actual visit to the school where he gets to check out everything Alabama has to offer him from academics to living accommodations to dining halls.
Williams, a 4-star cornerback from Daphne (Ala.) High School, is one of the team’s top defensive back targets in the 2019 class. Former Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was Williams’ primary recruiter, but defensive assistant coach Pete Golding has taken over the prospect’s recruitment. Williams said his relationship with Golding is growing and becoming stronger every week. He talks to Golding at least two times a week, he said.
Williams is looking forward to meeting Golding and defensive backs coach Karl Scott this weekend when he’s in town for the Tide’s junior day event.
“I know the coaching staff has changed a bit,” Williams told SEC Country. “I want to see how they are. I also want to see parts of the school that I haven’t seen yet, so everything other than the football facilities.
“I just want to look at how the coaches interact with the players and see their personalities. I want to see if they’re going to say one thing and then end up doing another thing. I also want to see how the players fit in and what they like about the college academically wise.”
The 6-foot-1, 177-pound prospect grew up an Alabama fan. At one point in his recruitment, the Tide led for Williams. He now says that all of the schools he’s considering are equal, even UAB, which has offered Williams as a wide receiver and cornerback.
You can tell that Williams is taking a very mature approach to his recruitment when asked if UAB has a serious chance at signing him when he has offers from schools such as Alabama, Auburn and LSU, to name a few.
“Even though it may be a smaller school and not many people may know about it, I know they have a bunch of great academic and athletic programs there,” Williams said. “I know football is just getting back up, too. Honestly, I treat all schools the same and give them the same opportunity. I don’t know which school I’m going to fit at yet. I don’t want to burn any bridges and who knows, maybe it’s the school for me.”
The nation’s No. 8 cornerback, according to 247Sports, said he’s not sure when he’ll end up making his college decision. He said it’s possible he just waits until National Signing Day next February or there’s a chance it could happen this summer. He’s just gathering as much info as possible on these schools because he said he just wants to commit to a school once and be done with the recruiting process.
Right now, Williams isn’t planning on taking advantage of the new rule in place where recruits can start taking official visits beginning April 1. He also said that as of now, Alabama and Auburn would probably receive an official visit, even with him planning on taking multiple trips to both schools before his senior year begins this fall.
Those two schools look to be the biggest competitors to land Williams when he makes his decision.
“It’s kind of half-and-half in my family,” Williams said when talking about the Iron Bowl rivalry. “My grandparents are Alabama fans. My grandma used to be an Auburn fan, but I really don’t know why she stopped. Maybe because my grandpa is a diehard Alabama fan.”
Alabama signed five defensive backs in the 2018 class. Signing that many players was necessary for the Tide because they had to replace six contributors in the secondary. The team will have an entirely new look in the secondary this coming season. But signing that many players in the 2018 class may scare off some players. Not Williams.
“It honestly doesn’t matter to me because if I would go to Alabama, I know I would have to compete for my spot anyways,” he said. “So, them signing all of those players doesn’t matter. It wouldn’t be anything new.”
Where could Alabama have an edge with Williams? Look no further than his comment about Nick Saban being a former defensive back himself who has a big role in coaching the secondary.
“I would have my main DB coach, and say he doesn’t see a flaw in me, well, Coach Saban is also a DB coach, so he could help me,” Williams said. “I think that’s a big win for them.”
Williams is going to be a major priority for the Tide in the 2019 class, so fans should commit this name to memory.
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