Mon Williams: No Commitment Yet

GatorCountry.com Managing Editor
Posted Jan 24, 2006


If you're looking for Mon Williams, the smooth operator tailback from Mesquite (TX) Horn to make a commitment, then you're just going to have to wait awhile longer. The 6-2, 198-pounder who can electrify you with his speed or show the thunder with his power between the tackles, won't make any announcement until 8 a.m. on National Signing Day, February 1.

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Williams is rated four stars by Scout.com. He is one of the most highly sought running backs in the country because he has that ability to make a big play out of what seems like nothing at all. He piled up these stats as a senior: 285 carries for 1,650 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns, 415 yards receiving, and two kick returns for touchdowns. As a defensive back he also had nine interceptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

He did all that for a team that finished 4-6!

Williams made his official visit to the University of Florida this weekend and even though he had a great trip and sounds very much like he's leaning to Florida, he says everybody will have to wait until 8 a.m. February 1.

His host at Florida was Tim Tebow, the five-star rated quarterback from Ponte Vedra Beach Nease who is an early enrollee.

"He [Tebow] is a cool person," said Williams. "I can see myself playing with him in the offense. He and I get along really well. We talked a bunch and we are kind of the same."

Tebow was a record-setter who put up Star Wars numbers for his career. He led Nease to the Florida Class 4A championship as a senior running an offense that looks quite similar to the spread option that Coach Urban Meyer continues to install at Florida. Williams sees Tebow as the perfect triggerman in this kind of offense.

"He is the quarterback of the future there and I think I could be the running back of the future," said Williams. "The offense is very similar to what we run at Mesquite.

"Say we are in the gun and we have split receivers. He could throw it run it with a receiver, or hand it off to the running back. With Tebow, he brings the fourth choice because he can run with it. It will take some pressure off of the wide receivers and me, too. They really don't know what he would do with the ball, so that is the good thing about the offense. I get excited just talking about it."

He also sounded excited talking about Coach Meyer, who has impressed Williams with his determination to bring in quality players who are equally outstanding off the playing field as they are on. Williams is well aware that Florida is assembling one of the best recruiting classes in the nation, perhaps one that is as good as any in recent history.

"Coach Meyer said he would really like to have me as part of the number one recruiting class in the nation," said Williams. "He said that he won't recruit anyone that is not a good person. He wants to recruit good people for a good environment."

Williams came to Gainesville with his parents and they left impressed with the campus, the academics and the direction in which the coaches are taking the football program.

"They [coaches] said it was really important for us to come and visit with my mom and dad," he said. "It is a great environment so they wanted us all to be there."

On Saturday afternoon, Williams and his parents were impressed with a gathering of recruits and their parents in the film room beneath the south end zone in The Swamp. Coach Meyer spoke, then he turned the meeting over to players like Tavares Washington, Brandon Siler, Dallas Baker, Tate Casey and Tebow. When it was over, all of the Williams had the impression that Florida's coaches really care about the players.

"We had a little meeting and they were telling us how they haven't been a part of anything like this before," said Williams. "It showed that the coaches really feel about them."

Williams has long been considered a Gator leaner, perhaps even a soft commitment. He wasn't ready to pull any triggers on a commitment so it won't be until February 1 when he signs scholarship papers for either Florida, Texas A&M or Oklahoma State.

"I will probably announce about eight in the morning," he said.

Stay tuned. Only nine more days until we know for sure.


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