Tim Williams: Can Miami Fend off FSU, Alabama, LSU and Others for 4-Star DE?

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIISeptember 6, 2012

Via Rivals.com
Via Rivals.com

Tim Williams is a 4-star weak side defensive end that's ranked No. 2 at his position, according to Rivals. Needless to say, there are a ton of big-time schools after his services.

The Miami Hurricanes, Florida State Seminoles, LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide all top Williams' list as of right now, and according to Woody Wommack of Rivals.com, Miami has the slight advantage:

Of those four the Miami Hurricanes stand at the top.

"Just because of the way they've been communicating with me they have a little bit of an edge," Williams said.

Miami may have edge, but the others are not far behind.

"I talk with the University of Miami the most, but it's hard to say I have a favorite because LSU is the home school and Alabama was actually the first school to recruit me," he said. "I just want to make the best decision that's right for me. I can say all those schools are my favorite. But I do talk to Miami the most and I enjoy talking to those guys over in South Beach.

The good news for the Hurricanes is that right now, they are apparently in the lead for this talented defensive end, and what an addition he would be to their program.

At 6'4'', 230 pounds, he has the size to be a very effective end at the college level. He's a physical player that's explosive off the line and does a great job setting the edge. He's quick enough to get into the backfield and stop the ball-carrier for a loss, and he also has a really nice inside swim move that allows him to get into the backfield.

The big thing with Williams is setting the edge, though. He's not going to get hooked, and he can pursue the ball from sideline to sideline.

Any school would want this kid on their squad, and that's why he's so highly sought after. The question is, then, how can Miami stay in the lead?

There was a time when the Hurricanes were a powerhouse in football, but those days are gone, and now competing with the likes of Florida State, LSU and 'Bama is going to be quite a task.

What they do have going for them is evident in Williams' first quote, though, and that's communication.

I've been adamant that the chances of winning and receiving playing time are huge factors in recruiting, but if there is a close third it would be communication between the player and the coaching staff. No player wants to be part of a program where he doesn't get along or have a good rapport with the coaching staff, especially if they're looking at a time span of four years.

Miami may not be on the same level as FSU, Alabama and LSU as far as football is concerned, but they may have the X-factor in their recruitment of Williams because of their communication.

Can they fend off the big programs?

If they keep up this apparent great communication with Williams, I'd say anything is possible.

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