by Jeff Barlis
There’s nothing slow about Daytona, Fla., Mainland defensive end Leonard Williams, but when it comes to recruiting he’s taking it slow and steady.
Williams, who stands 6-foot-5 and 254 pounds, has more than 30 verbal scholarship offers. He maintains he has no leader and has not narrowed his list of schools. He plans to travel around the country this summer in the hopes of finding the close-knit atmosphere he is looking for.
“I’m gonna wait it out ’til the end,” he said.
Last Sunday, Williams showed off at the Under Armour Tampa combine and shared top honors for linemen with his friend Dauron Williams, one of the state’s top offensive guards.
The two had a good battle in one-on-one drills, but otherwise Leonard Williams had his way with the other participants. He used a quick first step and a burst of power to easily shed blockers.
Williams clearly looks the part of a big-time prospect. He’s loaded with raw athleticism and has a frame that can support a lot more weight. He’s rated a four-star athlete by Scout and Rivals, garnering a spot in Rivals’ top 100 players in the Class of 2012.
It’s no surprise he has the attention of the Florida coaching staff, as he has talked to defensive coordinator Dan Quinn off and on.
“He said he wants me to be a big part of the team,” Williams said. “He said he was really looking forward to meeting me.”
Florida coaches did just that when they visited for Mainland’s spring game in mid-May. Williams says he plans to unofficially visit Florida this summer and continue to build on a relationship that began with a Junior Day visit in February when he got to drop in on the Gators’ spring practice.
“When I was growing up my favorite team was the Gators,” he said. “They’re always going to be my favorite team but I don’t think it’s going to have any factor in where I’m going to go.
“Most likely I would want to stay down in the South, but I have no problem leaving.”