DE Tim Williams, top player in Louisiana, commits to Alabama

By Dave Daniels
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

When he got back from his official visit, ESPN 150 defensive end Tim Williams named Alabama at the top of his recruiting list. Than 24 hours later, he put all his chips on the table and committed to the Crimson Tide.

Alabama stole Williams from Louisiana State and the Tigers have got to have recruiting concerns when their rival can come in and just dominate recruiting in their own state.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound four-star prospect from Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab was going to visit Miami this weekend and was also planning trips to Florida State and LSU, but they won’t be necessary anymore. Williams is the nation’s no. 36th ranked play in the country and the best player in Louisiana by far.

“At Alabama, I know all of the coaches, and they’ve been recruiting me since my ninth grade year,” Williams said after his visit. “I know Coach Nick Saban well. I know Coach [Burton] Burns well. Alabama was the first school to start looking at me, and they gave me my first offer.”

Williams spend time with Alabama’s coaching staff on his visit, toured the campus, and also chilled with fellow commits Jonathan Cook, Maurice Smith and Altee Tenpenny.

“Basically, I can play Jack or Sam — the Sam more than the Jack — but they said I can play both positions because of my speed,” Williams said.

Alabama has the second best recruiting class in 2013 and has 21 commitments overall. LSU will need to ratchet up their recruiting efforts in the future if they want to compete with Alabama, or they could be looking up at the 3 time defending champions.

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