August 18, 2009

Williams leads by example

Alabama head coach Nick Saban has high standards when it comes to recruiting defensive backs and Blount safety Jarrick Williams certainly passes the test. The four-star defender collected offers from nearly every school in the SEC as well as national powers like Oklahoma and Florida State before committing to Alabama this summer.

"Recruiting has finally slowed down now. I made it pretty clear that Alabama is a final decision for me and I'm firmly committed," Williams said. "That's a real relief though because now I'm able to focus on my season and not worry about other stuff getting in the way."

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound free safety was a bright spot for Blount last season amassing 52 tackles, two interceptions and eight pass breakups. After working hard on improving his speed over the summer (Williams posted a 4.45 forty time in his most recent test), the nation's No. 4 safety prospect has high hopes for his senior season.

"We expect to be really good this year. We've got a great group of seniors that went through a lot last year but we think we learned a lot from it. We've got a freshman quarterback who has really surprised everyone at practice so far and we've got some other really strong playmakers as well on both sides of the ball. We're really excited as a team about what we can do this year."

Williams' reserved and humble attitude make him a quiet teammate but the Rivals100 member believes his actions speak volumes to both his teammates and coaches.

"I'm not a real vocal guy but I feel like I lead by example. I always give it my all in whatever we're doing whether it's games, practice or even in the weight room and I think it shows the younger guys what they need to do if they want to be successful. As teammates, we all expect each other to work as hard as we can. I'd be letting them down if I didn't give it my all."

While Williams hopes for an exciting year on the field, he expects a relatively quiet fall that will include at least one visit to Tuscaloosa and potentially a few trips to elsewhere.

"I haven't decided yet whether I'm going to take any other officials this fall. If I do, I'd probably go to Florida, Florida State and maybe USC just to experience those atmospheres on a gameday. I'm solid in my commitment to Alabama so if I took a visit, it would just be for the experience."

Blount opens its season at home against LeFlore on August 28. Williams also boasts a 315-pound bench max, a 510-pound squat max and a 32-inch vertical leap.

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