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South Carolina signed Webb. Can they get Williams too?

Chad Simmons

MADISON, Ga.Quin Williams is up to 242 pounds. The junior out of Madison (Ga.) Morgan County stands at 6-feet, 3-inches tall and he is being recruited as an outside linebacker and defensive end. He won't be able to show his athleticism and versatility to college coaches this spring due to torn ligaments in his right ankle, but he will be back 100-percent this fall for his senior year.

The four star has been regarded as one of the top defensive prospects in the Peach State for the last 24 months and he holds somewhere around 15 scholarship offers. One school in regular contact with Williams is South Carolina. M.J. Webb signed with the Gamecocks out of Morgan County on February 1, so there is a connection.

"I would say it kind of gives South Carolina an edge with M.J. going there, but it is not too big of a deal," said Williams. "I am getting ready to go up there for my first visit Thursday (March 23), so I want to see what it's like.

"I usually talk to coach [Mike] Peterson (outside linebackers) and he tells me they have big things in store for me there. He talks to me about the future, how they will prepare me for the future and things like that too."

Peterson is not the only one recruiting Williams to Columbia (S.C.) — Webb is too.

"Yeah, M.J. rides me a good bit about going to South Carolina," said Williams. "He talks about how the coaching is great there, how they make you feel at home and he thinks I could do well there too."

Other schools are in pursuit of Williams. It's not just South Carolina. Florida, LSU and N.C. State are schools he hears from a lot as well. No favorites for the No. 5-ranked outside linebacker, but a decision is likely to come this summer, so keep an eye on where Williams visits this spring.

For Williams, it is not about a specific position or if he could play as a freshman, but two other things will be key factors in his decision.

"It is going to be about who is making me feel most at home and who I feel can really help me further my education the best. I have not taken too many visit yet, so I need to get out a little more, see what all is out there and then I should be ready."

He watched Webb go through the recruiting process last year. Williams kept a close eye on his former teammate and he learned one important thing.

"I did pay attention to what M.J. did, how he handled things and I really learned that I need to be patient with everything," said Webb. "I just need to take all the time that I need to make the right decision. That is really what I saw by watching him."

RIVALS REACTION: Williams is a quiet young man who doesn't say too much. He is not one that hits the road every weekend to visit schools and his injury is not helping him if he wanted to do that right now. He will be at South Carolina this week. The Gamecocks have been a school recruiting him as long or longer than anyone, so this could be a big visit. No other visits are scheduled at this time.