It was no secret that Eddie Williams favored the Crimson Tide, but not many, if any saw a commitment coming this early. Top prospects are committing earlier and earlier now and Williams wanted to get his decision out of the way.
"I decided about two months ago that I was going to make an early commitment to someone. I did not know how early or anything like that, but I knew I wanted to get it out of the way when I felt ready and I decided last week that this would be the week that I committed.
"I prayed about it, I talked things over with my family, and I knew I was ready today. I picked up this phone this morning and called Coach [Nick] Saban that I wanted to commit, so I know now that I am going to Alabama."
Williams said he feelt he was a little more excited about the news than Saban although Saban let him know he was very happy to have him. The conversation this morning was a good one and it is one that Williams will remember for a long time.
"We were just talking about different things first and then I told him that I wanted to commit and play for him," said the 6-foot-3, 210 pound junior out of Panama City, Fla. "After that, we talked about Alabama, what a commitment means to him, and the school. It was a great conversation and I am anxious to get up there again."
"I love the program, the facilities, the coaches, the campus, the atmosphere, and it was just all good up there. I connected with the coaches, I have a great bond with them, and when I was there for camp, it felt right to me. I did not grow up with a favorite college team, so I was going into all of my visits open and Alabama just felt right. I knew that is where I wanted to be."
It is hard to imagine schools like UF or FSU giving up on a player like Williams. He is in their state, he is an elite prospect, and it is likely that those two along with others will continue to recruit one of the best in 2012, but will it matter?
"I am pretty set on Alabama. My mind feels good, I know that is the best place for me, and I don't think I will be going back to Florida or Florida State. I have been there already, I have seen what it is like there, and I don't see myself visiting them again. If new schools come in and ask me to visit them, then I may take a look if I haven't been there before, but I feel good about my commitment."
"I am the first 2012 commitment for Alabama, so I am going to start talking to other prospects about them. I am going to tell them that Alabama would be a great choice, that they are the National Champions now, and that we can be the number one class in 2012."
Williams will go in as a safety, but could play a number of different positions on the next level including outside linebacker.