Alabama Recruiting: Athlete Eddie Williams Now Certain to Play Wide Receiver

Jimmy McMurreyAnalyst IIFebruary 1, 2012

Highly-touted 5-star recruit Eddie Williams is a true athlete. He can play several positions, but where he will play shouldn't be a mystery. He's destined to play wide receiver, at least for the time being. 

Where he plays will be wherever Nick Saban wants him to play, but where is he needed most? Though wideout Dorial Green-Beckham was a long shot for Alabama, the team really needed him. No Green-Beckham means Eddie Williams will play wide receiver, as many expected.

The safety corps looks very strong at the moment, with Robert Lester returning and young guys like Vinnie Sunseri and Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix (who may end up as a cornerback because of the depth at safety) ready to step up.

The wide receiver squad looks mighty as well, with Kevin Norwood, DeAndrew White, Kenny Bell (especially Kenny Bell) and mystery man Duron Carter.

Last year's recruiting class brought in some big names at wide receiver with Marvin Shinn and Danny Woodson, Jr.

That class has been succeeded by only two wide receivers in 2012, but they are 4-star prospects Chris Black and Amari Cooper

They are all great targets, but quarterback A.J. McCarron needs a big, strong wide receiver. Those big receivers have big hit boxes that McCarron sorely needed this past season.

Alabama took plenty of shots down field, but McCarron almost always over shot his target. To be fair, his target was usually Marquis Maze. As good as Maze was, it can be tough to hit a 5'8" (he's listed as 5'10", but I don't believe that) target 40 yards down the field. 

The team needs Williams and his 6'4" frame on offense. If the ball is in his area, he can grab it and can do it over the heads of defenders.  

The team's defense is good every single year. Even in the "down" year that was 2010, the team was fifth in the nation in total defense and first in the SEC. They just need an offense that can step up and win games when needed.  

It seems Nick Saban is trying to change the stigma that Alabama is just a defensive team whose offense has the job of not losing games, and moving Williams to offense will prove that. Numerous blowout wins in 2011 were good starting arguments.

Defense might win championships, but you have to score points as well. Preventing another Nov. 5, 2011 could very well be Nick Saban's top priority.

When—not if—Eddie Williams hits the field as a wide receiver, the team will have some of the best quarterback targets in the nation. Also, keep in mind that A.J. McCarron still has two more years of eligibility as a proven quarterback.

Is Nick Saban trying for three in a row?

He's shooting for a national championship every year, as are the players, but with the offensive power the team looks to be sporting, it could be a more realistic goal than ever.