Has anybody noticed how often Alabama seems to get players who are within a short drive from the LSU campus?
The Crimson Tide did it again when Alabama got a commitment Monday night from defensive end Tim Williams, who is listed at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds and as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. Williams is from University School in Baton Rouge, La.
Last year, it was defensive back Landon Collins, who is from Geismar, La., which is about a 30-minute drive from the LSU campus. The year before, Alabama landed Bradley Sylve, a defensive back from Port Sulpher, La., which is about 2 hours, 20 minutes from LSU.
And in 2009, Alabama picked three players out of Louisiana. Wide receiver Kenny Bell came from Rayville, which is nearly three hours from LSU. Defensive lineman Darrington Sentimore went to Alabama out of Destrehan, La., which is a hour and 15 minutes away. And, of course, there’s some guy named Eddie Lacy of Geismar. He turned out OK.
Williams visited Alabama this past weekend.
“At Alabama, I know all of the coaches, and they’ve been recruiting me since my ninth grade year,” Williams said told ESPN.com. “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.”
He is Alabama’s 21st commitment, including offensive lineman Leon Brown of ASA College in Brooklyn, N.Y. He already has signed and enrolled.
Here are high school highlights of Williams from a game in September. He is wearing No. 56 in the video.
Here’s an interview with Williams, which was done after the game featured in the above video: