September 6, 2011

Three-star guard planning official to MSU

A couple of weeks ago three-star offensive guard Duaron Williams narrowed his list to 14 schools.

Now the 6-foot-4, 298-pounder from Orlando, Fla., is in the process of condensing his group but plenty of programs are still after his service.

"Recruiting has picked up since I released my top 14 on the first day of school, August 22nd," Williams said. "There are still a couple of schools that weren't on there that are still after me hard like Georgia Tech, Arkansas and Nebraska."

Kansas, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Colorado State, Kentucky, LSU, Nebraska, Rutgers, Louisville, USF, Iowa State, UCF and Miami are among Williams finalists. He hopes to have that list trimmed down to seven in just a matter of weeks.

"Probably by our second home game against Booker T. (Washington) in three weeks, that's probably when I'll trim it down again," Williams said. "I'll try to cut it in half and do a top seven and I think I'll commit from that top seven at the end of the season."

One of the schools hoping to be among that group of finalists is Mississippi State. Williams watched the Bulldogs 59-14 opening week win over Memphis and recently spoke with head coach Dan Mullen.

"I talked to Coach Mullen (Sunday) night actually," Williams said. "I love Mississippi State. That's the kind of football I like and that's smash mouth. They put their hand in the dirt and get after it. They rushed for over 300 yards this past game and had over 600 yards of total offense. That's my style of football right there.

"He was telling me that he really me up there. I'm a really physical offensive lineman and he loved that about me. He said after watching my film he knows that I'm a guy who can come in and get some early playing time at a school like that. I'm really looking forward to seeing them play Auburn this week."

Williams plans to use one of his official visits to visit Starkville later this season.

"I'm going to book one of my officials to Mississippi State towards the end of the season," Williams said. "I'll probably come to either the Alabama or Ole Miss games. It will be one of those two but I'm coming up there."

The Jones High School standout did not attend a game this past weekend but plans to travel across town to watch Central Florida take on Boston College.

Willaims and the Fightin' Tigers are off to an 0-1 start to the season after falling 24-7 on the road at Lake Wales last Friday.

"Our preseason game went real well against Leesburg," Williams said. "We won 32-7. But in our season opener we lost. That's not the way I anticipated starting off my senior season. We've got to come back next week stronger."

This week Jones will likely be without the services of Williams, who sprained his MCL and is scheduled for an MRI today. Williams was hoping to play this week to test himself against four-star defensive end Leonard Williams once again.

"I know they've got Leonard Williams over there," Williams said. "I went up against him before at the Under Armor combine. I got the o-line MVP and he got the d-line MVP and then we teamed up together and won the Under Armor Big Man Challenge."

Williams is rated the No. 15 offensive guard in the country and the 60th best prospect in the state of Florida. He has already reached a qualifying score of 22 on the ACT and maintains a 3.5 GPA.

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