Dawgs’ day? DeLand’s Williams says he likely will sign with Georgia
The crazy world of Avantae Williams continues to spin, but not necessarily out of control. Williams, a senior safety out of DeLand High, told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday night during the Under Armour All-American Game at Camping World Stadium that he likely will sign with Georgia when the second National Signing Day rolls around Feb. 5.
“Yeah, Georgia, I’m pretty sure it will be them,” Williams said.
If he indeed does sign with Georgia, he’ll join Apopka defensive lineman Jalen Carter, who also played in Thursday’s Under Armour event, as a Bulldog.
Carter made the most of his opportunities during the all-star showcase, earning MVP honors for Team Savage.
Kidded that perhaps Carter talked him into joining him in Athens, Williams smiled big and laughed.
“Maybe a little,” he said. Williams’ high school career has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride.
He couldn’t decide which high school he would attend in the early stages, starting out at DeLand as a freshman before transferring to play at Daytona Beach Mainland as a sophomore. He announced between attending those two schools that he was
headed to Bradenton’s IMG Academy. Williams returned to DeLand as a junior for the 2018 season, and that’s where he finally settled, finishing his career there this past season.
Then came his college recruitment.
Williams was offered a scholarship by then Florida head coach Jim McElwain in 2015, when he was in eighth grade. He committed to Miami after his freshman season at DeLand, but he eventually decommitted from the Hurricanes in May 2018 and committed to Oregon in December 2018. Just before early National Signing Day in December, Williams decommitted from the Ducks and reopened his recruitment.
He says, for now, it’s Georgia, but he still has official visits to Ole Miss and Florida scheduled for consecutive weekends at the end of the month.
In total, 20 Florida players participated in the Under Armour All-American contest, giving the Sunshine State one of its strongest showings.
The game also featured four recent Florida Gators signees: Arlington (Texas) High defensive back Jahari Rogers, Washington (D.C.) St. Johns College High safety Mordecai McDaniel, Lake Wales defensive lineman Gervon Dexter and Dunnellon receiver Jaquavion Fraziars.
Miami had the strongest representation among state schools with five future Hurricanes: Trussville (Ala.) Hewitt-Trussville receiver Dazalin Worsham, Orange Park Oakleaf defensive end Chantz Williams and offensive lineman Jalen Rivers, Deerfield Beach athlete Jaylan Knighton and Bradenton IMG Academy receiver Michael Redding III.
FSU had two representatives in Freedom cornerback Demorie Tate and Largo linebacker Jaylon McCluster.
National championship game participant and reigning champion Clemson had eight commitments or signees playing in the game, while the Tigers’ title-game opponent, LSU, had seven players, including Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas offensive line teammates Marlon Martinez and Marcus Dumervil.
Apopka defensive lineman Jalen Carter, left, was named MVP of Team Savage during the Under Armour All-American Game on Thursday night at Camping World Stadium.
DeLand safety Avantae Williams said he is leaning toward signing with the Georgia Bulldogs next month.