August 15, 2010

NY star visits Tuscaloosa

The Alabama Crimson Tide continue to spread their recruiting net across the nation, pursuing prospects from coast to coast coming off their recent national championship. The most recent out of area prospect to show interest in the Tide is Brooklyn (NY) Abraham Lincoln defensive end Ishaq Williams the top prospect in the state of New York for the Class of 2011 and a four-star pass rusher with scholarship offers from 18 of the nation's top programs. Williams recently returned home from a trip to Tuscaloosa and came away with a strong impression of the Tide.

"I got there on Wednesday night and visited all day Thursday," Williams said. "It was a pretty full day. I started off sitting in on some of the team meetings, which was really interesting to watch. Then I watched practice and after that I got a full tour of the campus."

"The campus is great. They definitely have the best facilities I've seen anywhere. The campus itself outside of the football facilities is really nice as well. There's a lot to see and do but it's all still pretty close together. It's a great environment and you can tell everybody in town loves their football."

Williams, rated by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 4 weakside defensive end prospect, said he was particularly impressed with the seriousness and intensity with which the Tide coaching staff approaches the game at all times.

"Watching the team go through meetings and practice, I would say the coaches handle things in a very business-like way. They operate a lot like a pro team. They are all about winning and doing what it takes to win and they take their jobs very seriously."

"Before I left, I got a chance to meet with Coach Saban. We talked about the position I'd be playing if I went to Alabama, which would be either the Jack or Sam linebacker positions. We also talked about the defense they run at Alabama and what benefits I would get by coming to Alabama. We also talked a lot about the importance Coach Saban puts on helping his players mature both as players and as people."

The Rivals100 star said that while the Crimson Tide have made a good impression to date, he isn't ready to name any leaders until he's had a chance to visit as many of the schools on his list as possible.

"Right now, I still feel like I need to take a few more trips before I'm ready to choose any favorites. I know that by the beginning of the season, I will have it cut down to five or maybe seven schools but after that, I will want to take my official visits before I start making any more decisions. I will probably wait until after the season is over before I take any officials."

Abraham Lincoln High School begins its season on September 11th.

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