Ricardo Williams is a standout defensive end prospect from Homestead and Scout caught up with him to…
"If I Had To Pick"
Ricardo Williams, the 6-foot-5, 218-pound three-star defensive end from Homestead Senior High School in Homestead, Fla., says he plans to make his decision in the next "three to four weeks," but if he had to choose right now he'd pick Florida State. "Florida State would be the school if I had to pick," Williams said. "They're recruiting me the most. I talk to them every week and I've talked to all the coaches. They tell me how much they want me and they showed me their depth chart and the opportunity to play is there too." Williams said he's impressed with what first-year head coach Jimbo Fisher has done with the Seminoles. "They're a championship contender again," he said. "He's recruiting all the top kids and they're coming back." The ‘Noles now lead solidly over Oregon, North Carolina and Texas Tech. All have offered (over 20 total). He hasn't taken any official visits yet, but will be tripping to Texas Tech on Nov. 27 for their final game against Houston. "I like how they play," he said about the Red Raiders. "They throw the ball a lot and the defense is getting better too. They said they really need someone like me and think I could play as a freshman. "The new coaches are good too," he said. "They're on the right track right now and getting better." Another school that Williams says he'd like to visit, but isn't sure if he'll have time for, is Oregon. "I just love what they're doing," he said about the Ducks. "I love how they switch up their defense all the time. They play quick and aggressive and that's how I like to play." Williams admits the Ducks are his pick to play in the national championship this year. "I definitely expect them to go undefeated and get there," he said. North Carolina is another school that Williams may try and visit sometime this month. "They send guys to the NFL every year," he said. "Especially on defense. I feel like I could really make a name for myself there." Williams plans to make his decision shortly following his visit to Texas Tech. "It'll be after Thanksgiving, but around that time," he said. "I always planned to do it early," he confessed. "I thought I'd get it done before the season but wasn't able to. I still need to talk to the coaches some more and try to take some visits." Williams says that distance will not play a factor, but playing time will. "I want to play early," he said. "I'll go anywhere I feel comfortable and where I can play." Homestead is currently 7-2 and Williams has amassed 13 sacks. "I'm very quick and get to the quarterback fast," he said. "I'm a great pass rusher because I'm a technician. I have good moves and you never know what I'll do next." He says he can bench 315-pounds and has a 34-inch vertical jump. "I want to get better at getting off blocks and improve my run support," he said. Williams plans to major in either business or criminal justice. He reports a 2.8 core GPA and took the ACT on Oct. 23.
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