Memorial Day is not only a nice holiday for most of us, but the official dividing line for many schools to begin summer sessions. On Tuesday and in the coming weeks, many incoming SEC recruits will go from high schoolers to official students at their respective universities.
It is an exciting time for sure.
Tennessee incoming wide receiver Latrell Williams probably shares the sentiment of most of the players who will join him in Knoxville next week, in telling Ryan Callahan of GoVols247 he is “more than excited” to start the next chapter of his football career and his life.
“I’m more than excited,” Williams said. “I’m just ready to start a new chapter, and I’m ready to work.”
Williams had it pretty good on the football field. He was a three-star recruit and ranked the No. 62 wide receiver in the nation by 247Sports.
The path to Tennessee, though, was not easy for him. He spent much of his spring not only lifting weights and preparing physically, but also making up last-minute classes he needed to complete before enrolling. He will start classes at Tennessee next week for the first summer session.
It was a very busy spring for him.
“I had a pretty rough school schedule (this spring),” he told GoVols247. “I had to take a lot of makeup classes and stuff. It wasn’t too bad. I actually ended up getting done.
“I finished their workouts and whatever. Sometimes I did a lot more than what I was supposed to do. Even on weekends, boys sitting around the house, I’d just go work out. I’ve been lifting weights. I’ve been running. I’ve been riding bikes, swimming — anything I felt like could help.”
That is a good thing, as Tennessee may need some help at the receiver position this fall. Many receivers have dealt with offseason injuries that kept them out for the spring. Williams could be a key player for the team immediately.
Williams has some very big goals for himself and the team, he tells GoVols247, as the Volunteers look to take a step up and are expected to win the SEC East this year. The Lake City, Fla., native has one date already circled on his calendar.
“I want to knock the Gators off as soon as possible,” Williams said. “I’m tired of hearing that everywhere I go. ‘Oh, it’s going to be the 12th year. It’s going to be the 12th year.’ I just want to go ahead and put an end to that. (I hear it) everywhere I go. Every time I tell somebody I’m committed to Tennessee, (they say), ‘Well, you know the Gators …’ I don’t care.”
There seem to be lots of reasons for Williams to be excited to get to Knoxville.