Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss LSU’s push for in-state athlete Michael Williams. The Baton Rouge quarterback is projected to play along the defensive line at the next level and has been a stalwart at the LSU sidelines throughout the fall.
LSU recruiting Michael Williams the hardest
BATON ROUGE, La. — Michael Williams has kept the details of his recruitment close to the vest during the past 10 months.
The 3-star Dunham (La.) School athlete and projected defensive end is bracing for an eventful winter. Once his senior season wraps up, the 6-foot-2, 260-pound Williams will begin to take his official visits. LSU is among the schools certain to host the unique athlete, as are Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Arizona State. Alabama is in the mix for the fifth official visit.
LSU has been a familiar venue for Williams this fall, as he’s taken in the majority of home games already. That’s a result of the coaching staff’s push and regular communication from coach Ed Orgeron, recruiting coordinator Tommie Robinson and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.
“They’re pushing much, much, much harder,” Williams told SEC Country, on LSU’s push compared to his other top schools. “They contact me every day, every week, and the other schools — not as much as LSU. That’s really having a big impact on where I might commit to.”
Williams is not ready to declare the Tigers as his leading school — at least not yet. He’ll have time to finalize his decision, which is expected to take place on National Signing Day in February.
However, LSU’s push is certainly resonating with the local product. He can count on seeing messages from at least three of the coaches on a regular basis, which has been the case for months.
“Me and Coach Aranda talk every day. He’ll say ‘Good morning’ and ask how I’m doing,” Williams said. “Coach Rob called me the other day and me and Coach O talk every week. He’ll send me a message on Twitter like ‘Good game’ and ‘Looking forward to seeing you this weekend.’ ”
By my count, that’s at least six congratulatory messages and at least three unofficial stops to Tiger Stadium since the start of September.
Most importantly, the LSU coaches have preached patience to Williams, who is taking the recruiting process slowly. A signing day decision has always been the plan and the staff is comfortable waiting until the wire for the Baton Rouge athlete, which has carried some weight with Williams.
“Usually, Coach Aranda will tell me to take it slow, don’t make my decision off the top of my head, but that they really want me to stay in Louisiana and go to LSU. I’m taking that in, too,” Williams said. “They genuinely want me. They care about me as a person and just want me to make the right decision.”
Williams’ most recent visit to LSU was for the comeback victory against Auburn. Williams arrived during pregame warmups with teammate and 2019 4-star cornerback target Derek Stingley Jr. and received a warm welcome from the coaches.
That’s become part of the Saturday routine for Williams, who has taken a liking to receiving priority treatment from the LSU staff so far this fall.
“It’s been pretty cool,” he said. “We get to go on the field and walk by the goal posts. Coach O and Coach Rob and Coach Aranda will check us out and sometimes, we get on the big screen sometimes. It’s pretty cool to be in that atmosphere.”
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