August 18, 2008

Rebels offer Florida speedster

Ole Miss is in need of a burner at wide receiver after the 2008 season to replace perhaps the fastest player on the team in senior Mike Wallace.

Wallace torched several teams for long touchdown receptions last season, including Florida and Georgia, and should improve on his junior stats with the Rebels fielding a true SEC-level quarterback for the first time in Wallace's career in Texas transfer Jevan Snead.

The Rebels recently offered Bradenton, Fla. wide receiver Eric Williams, who could be a candidate to fill that void.

Williams, is rated a three star receiver by Rivals.com and is ranked the 96th best wide receiver prospect in the nation. He has a Nike Camp recorded 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and says he's been clocked as low as 4.38 seconds. His height and weight is listed at 5-foot-10, 190 pounds which was recorded at the Nike Camp; however, he says he's currently at 5-foot-11, 185 pounds.

With the offer, the Rebels are a serious player for Williams, who called Ole Miss wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson, Jr. on Sunday.

"I talk to the Ole Miss coaches a lot, just talked to Coach Dickerson today," Williams said. "Coach Dickerson is just telling me to get it done on and off the field and to stay on top of my game."

While many recruits profess to know little about the Rebels - a natural occurrence after four straight losing seasons - Williams has taken a more methodical approach to recruiting.

"I know a lot about Ole Miss because I've researched the school and the team on the internet," Williams said. "I like what I see about Ole Miss. I like the way they are going to get the quarterback involved in the offense and I like what (head coach) Houston Nutt brings to the team."

"I was excited (about the Ole Miss offer)," Williams said in a previous interview. "That's an SEC program and the last couple years they've had someone taken in the first round of the draft so I know they can get people drafted."

Williams said that he hasn't decided on his list of five schools where he'll take official visits, but Ole Miss will likely be one of his trips.

"I'm probably going to take a look at making a visit sometime during the season," he said. "I just haven't figured out which game yet."

He currently holds offers from Ole Miss, UAB, Troy, South Carolina, Marshall and Middle Tennessee State. Indiana and Purdue have also been in contact with Williams and he also says he has some interest in Florida State.

Williams said that he has no favorites among the teams that have offered his recruitment is wide open.

Williams' Manatee team went 10-2 last season making it all the way to the second round of the state play-offs. He was a key contributor with 30 catches for 430 yards (14.3 yards per catch) and four touchdowns.

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