Jeremy Pruitt wasn’t scared to play freshmen while at the University of Georgia, and that could help Alabama when the nation’s No. 5 athlete makes his commitment.
Jamyest Williams, a four-star prospect from Archer High School (Lawrenceville, Ga.), told SEC Country that Pruitt’s attitude about playing the best players regardless of class intrigues him.
“I like what Coach Pruitt did at Georgia,” Williams said. “I like his style of coaching. He doesn’t care if you are a freshman or not, he’ll throw you out there. (Defensive back coach Derrick) Ansley, too.
“You saw at Georgia, (Pruitt) threw out five freshmen at once. He doesn’t care.”
Alabama was one of a handful of schools that Williams is interested in, along with Georgia, South Carolina, Auburn, Tennessee, Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Southern Cal and Florida State.
Two of those programs include some of Williams’ closest friends — freshman offensive tackle E.J. Price at Southern Cal and freshman wide receiver Kyle Davis at Auburn. While the additions of the two players helps those respective schools, Williams says them being there won’t be a deciding factor in his final college decision.
“It would be good to play with my boys, but I’m going to make that decision for me and my family,” Williams said.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder said he may decide to commit during his upcoming senior season, but if he doesn’t, he’ll wait until National Signing Day.
“My time is up,” Williams said. “I’ve got a lot of thinking to do. I want to be patient, but not too patient. Just have to be smart about the situations.”
As of now, he is not sure if he’ll be attending Alabama’s junior day next Saturday.
Williams is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the state of Georgia, according to the 247Sports composite.