September 15, 2011

Williams receives offer, plans visit

The University of Alabama has done a great job of recruiting in-state since the arrival of head coach Anthony Grant, and the staff looks to continue that success in the 2012 recruiting class with 6-foot-8 forward JaCorey Williams.

Williams, a Birmingham native, has always been on the Crimson Tide's radar, but just recently received an offer from Alabama.

"I kind of felt like I deserved it," Williams said. "I felt like they had been watching me over the past three or four years, and they saw how I've improved as a player and how I play more mature than I used to. At the elite camp, I think I did well, so I was kind of expecting it."

After a strong summer on the AAU circuit, Williams has seen his recruitment begin to take off with offers from Arkansas, Boston College and Missouri in addition to Alabama.

He currently has a top three of Alabama, Arkansas and Richmond and plans to visit all three schools in the next month, beginning with a trip to Tuscaloosa next weekend for the Arkansas football game.

"He really wants to sign in that early period (in November), so these next six weeks are going to be big in determining what he does," Williams' AAU coach Chris Rose said.

"I think as long as (Alabama) lets him know over the next month that he is a priority of theirs, that will go a long ways in getting his commitment."

With that in mind, Coach Grant met with Williams at his home on Tuesday and showed him how Alabama would utilize him if he were to come there.

"They basically talked to me about how important style of play was for me and how I'd fit in their offense," Williams said. "They were showing me how they use Tony (Mitchell) at the three and the four, and how I could be effective in the same way.

"In their offense, the four is not really a four. He's pretty much a wing because they play four out and one in, and they run and press. I really don't have a problem playing the four."

Williams has been recruited by Alabama from back when Mark Gottfried was still the head coach, but Grant and his staff have continued to stay on him since taking over at UA.

"He has a really good relationship with Pettway from two years ago," Rose said. "Pettway started recruiting him, and now with Coach (Dan) Hipsher, he's done a great job staying in contact with JaCorey. He likes Coach Hipsher a lot."

Williams is '80 percent' sure that he will choose one of the three schools that he plans to visit in the next month and wants to sign early. Even though he grew up an Alabama fan, all three schools are right there.

"At the end of the day, it's all about style of play and how I fit," Williams said.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at [email protected]

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