Tim Williams: Does Florida State, Miami, Alabama or LSU Hold Edge for 4-Star?

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIDecember 17, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Tim Williams is a 4-star weak-side defensive end from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and there are some major programs after his commitment.

247Sports has Alabama, Florida State, Miami and USC on the top four on his interest list, but Jason Howell of CaneSports.com states that another, closer to home program is also in the running—LSU:

Baton Rouge (La.) University standout Rivals100 defender Tim Williams currently claims no favorite but the most common players mentioned in his recruitment have been Florida State, Miami, Alabama, and LSU.

Over the last few weeks, three of those four have made their presence felt in Williams' Baton Rouge home.

Howell did go on to report that LSU was the program that hasn't made a visit to Williams, but apparently they are still an option for Williams.

One program noticeably absent from the in-home visit list is LSU, the only program he was able to visit this fall. Williams says the Tigers are still in the mix and have let him know he always has a home in Baton Rouge.

With all of these big-time programs looking to land the talented defensive end, which school holds the edge?

There was a point when LSU seemed like the the shoo-in favorite, if only because of the fact that Williams is from Baton Rouge, but the Tigers have noticeably cooled off on the defensive end, and the fact that they aren't taking in-home visits with him goes to show as much.

That leaves Florida State, Miami, Alabama and even USC to pick from.

Three of those schools appear to definitely be getting visits, according to Howell's report:

"Right now I'll probably take an official to Alabama on the 11th, Miami on the 18th, and Florida State on the 25th," Williams said.

If it came down to those three schools, Alabama would be the obvious best choice if he wants to win big. 'Bama's success and Nick Saban's abilities as both a recruiter and coach speak for themselves.

Alabama also offers Williams the chance to play the "Jack" linebacker position in the 3-4 defense. That means he'd be one of the outside linebackers whose role is essentially that of a defensive end on the edge. He'd be able to primarily rush the quarterback and get into the backfield, which would lead to a ton of production both against the pass and as a run defender.

That will allow him to use his speed, athleticism and versatility in ways that playing in a 4-3 system would not. At 6'4'', 230 pounds running a 4.6 40 (according to Scout.com), he has a good blend of size and speed for the "Jack" position, and it very well could be his best fit.

Williams has an official visit to Alabama planned out, and he wouldn't need a visit to see or know how successful and dominant the Crimson Tide's program is.

He'd have the chance to win a ton of games and compete for national championships, and he'll get great looks from the NFL playing the "Jack" linebacker position in 'Bama's defense. It's worth noting that more and more NFL teams are starting to feature linebackers that are pass-rush specialists, so playing the "Jack" at Alabama would be a great way to showcase that skill set.

These are all reasons to believe that Alabama should hold the edge for the 4-star defensive end from Baton Rouge, especially now that LSU's status with him is dwindling.

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