Florida State Biggest Threat to Mississippi State for 4-Star RB

By Patrick Schmidt
Mississippi State Bulldogs
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Aeris Williams (West Point, Miss. West Point) looks like a running back that belongs in the SEC at 6-foot-1 and 205-pounds with 4.5 speed, but a push by former Mississippi State coach Tim Brewster could lead Williams to Florida State.

It was Brewster that served as Mississippi State’s tight ends coach for one brief season in 2012 when he joined the staff prior to the start of the season in the wake of Angel Mirando’s abrupt resignation. When Brewster bolted for the Seminoles earlier this year it meant the Bulldogs went from the favorite to a mild underdog to land the state’s top back.

Wisconsin is also in the mix for Williams who is great at running behind his pads and uses his exceptional vision to set up blockers to find seams on the second level turning a five-yard gain into a 50-yard touchdown. However, this looks like a two-team race between Mississippi State and Florida State.

Williams came away impressed after a Jun. 12 visit to Tallahassee after competing in Jimbo Fisher’s Football Camp. Two days later he was back in Starkville and looked like a beast on the field in cementing his status as one of the best all-around backs in the country.

Should he commit to Mississippi State Williams would join incoming freshman Ashton Shumpert and form an impressive one-two punch in a backfield that figures to rely heavily on the ground game in 2014 with an inexperienced quarterback.

At Florida State, he would have much more competition with Mario Pender, Ryan Green and potentially Shai McKenzie (Washington, Penn. Washington) being the future of the backfield after Devonta Freeman and James Wilder, Jr. depart.

Even with the Seminoles figuring to be a top-10 team that many backs competing for carries could alter the plans of Williams and swing momentum back in favor of Dan Mullen’s Bulldogs where he could see extensive action in 2014.

I believe if Brewster was still in Starkville, this would be a no-brainer for Williams who would commit to play for Mississippi State, but his relationship with the ex-Bulldog coach is making this a virtual toss-up.

Williams is a four-star recruit, according to 247Sports, and the No. 16 running back nationally after rushing for 1,893 yards and 25 touchdowns last season.

Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and add him to your Google network.


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