An athletic and speedy linebacker/safety prospect, 6-2, 195-pound Travis Williams has become one of the most highly recruited players in the state of Virginia’s 2010 class. The Lake Taylor (Norfolk, VA) product boasts offers from North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State and Virginia Tech, among others, and has received serious interest from other top programs.
“Recruiting is crazy,” said Williams, a second-team all-state selection last season as a junior. “I sent USC my highlight tape. Alabama came by. South Carolina came by.”
Williams has potential as a wide receiver but it appears college recruiters have him pegged for the defensive side of the ball, where he racked up 78 tackles with 14 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries last season as a junior. He played outside linebacker for the Titans.
“Most coaches are recruiting me for Sam linebacker. Penn State is recruiting me as a strong safety. They say I’ve got a chance to come in and start as a freshman because they’d only have one more guy back, so me and him would be able to compete.”
Williams will move to middle linebacker next season for head coach Hank Sawyer and looks forward to the opportunity.
“Our former middle linebacker, Mike Privott, doesn’t think I’ll be able to play middle linebacker. He doesn’t think I have the size to get off blockers, but I’ll do it,” Williams said. “I’ll bring speed to the position.”
Williams has taken unofficial visits to Louisville, North Carolina, N.C. State and, this past weekend, to Virginia Tech.
“Being at Tech was very good being that it was my first time there,” Williams said. “The game was crazy. They had a nice back, Ryan Williams. He’s pretty good.”
Asked for his overall impressions of Virginia Tech, Williams answered, “The school was great. The coaches have crazy personalities. I talked to Coach Foster and Coach Newsome. Coach Newsome showed me around. I enjoyed it. I talked to Kam Chancellor and Tyrod Taylor. I know half the team.”
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