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FSU Lands NC Two-Way Tackle Williams

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 7:44am
By: Brian Geisinger

Tuesday Jimbo Fisher and Florida State landed another commit for their 2014 class: Arthur Williams - a highly-touted offensive and defensive tackle.

The 6-4, 280 pound Williams - rated by 247Sports as the No. 57 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 26 overall prospect in North Carolina - had scholarship offers from East Carolina and Miami. Aurburn and Clemson expressed interest in the three-star DT, too.

There were several reasons why Williams selected the Seminoles. They're currently in the national championship hunt and the school is in the south. He's originally from southern Georgia, so his family will be able to watch him play home games in Tallahassee. But, most importantly, Williams picked Florida State because of its business school's solid reputation:

First and foremost, I am going to go to school to get my bachelors and masters in business and marketing. Florida State is the number one business school in the country. It stuck out so much from every other school. You have no choice but to be successful academically.

Williams plays on both sides of the ball for Fayetteville (NC) E.E. Smith - and he's gifted enough to play either offense or defense once he gets to campus. However, if he has his way, he'll be lining up for Jeremy Pruitt's defense: 

"I am coming for defense. I definitely want to play defense."

Bud Elliott - a national recruiting analyst for SB Nation, who also runs the FSU blog TomahawkNation.com - observed Williams this summer at Jimbo Fisher's camp. Here are some of his impressions.

"Williams is a very raw player. He is big and athletic, but is not yet a great football player. He is more of a long-term projection."

Also according to Elliott: Williams has great length, which will help him regardless of what position he ends up in.

Williams is the 25th commit of FSU's 2014 class, but he won't be the last. The Seminoles are expected to bring in around 30+ player in this class, according to Elliott.

For highlights of Williams in action, check here.