The Florida State football team’s late-summer recruiting event, “Seminole Showcase,” drew dozens of talented prospects to Tallahassee on Saturday, and none was more important than the catcher five star Hykeem Williams.
The nation’s No. 16 rookie, Williams, was in town for an extended visit. He attended FSU practices on Thursday and Friday, then interacted with other rookies and coaches on Saturday.
The competition will be extremely intense for Williams, who is strongly eyeing Georgia, Texas A&M and other top programs. But he said there was something different about FSU compared to other schools and added that he planned to make an official visit to Florida State.
“These boys work and I love working, I loved what they do so much,” Williams said of Seminole practices. “I like how they always run and everything is fast with what they do in training. Coach [Ron] Dugans really knows what he’s talking about. It definitely prepares you for the NFL.
“I really enjoyed the visit. It’s so real and a brotherhood with everything they do.”
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Another highlight of the visit was seeing his close friend and former Stranahan High School teammate, linebacker Omar Graham.
“Omar is really huge. It’s great how they’re using him and producing him and preparing for the next level,” Williams said. “I’ve been hanging out with Omar a lot and I’m with the players. It’s a real brotherhood here. Off the pitch, they’re so close. And then in training, they push each other so hard in training. I like this .”
Although Williams could have virtually any program to choose from in the country, he has made it clear he loves the direction of the Seminoles under head coach Mike Norvell. He especially likes the way FSU charged offensive linemen, which is essential for a passing game.
“Oh shit yes!” the five star spoke about the improvement of FSU. “Then when you see the linemen they get. All the freshman guys. They’re almost as big as the upperclassmen here, so I’m like, ‘That’s where it starts to get protect the quarterback and get this thing rolling.
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Williams said several schools wanted him to visit this weekend, but he decided he was coming to FSU a while ago. He then delved into what he loves about the Seminoles.
“Coach Dugans, Florida State, and it’s not too far from my house,” he said. “I really like Florida State. FSU is pretty high there, and they’re on my top. They’re so real about everything, they never hide what they are. All work in the same meaning.”
The five-star receiver also confirmed that he will be officially heading to FSU, and it looks like he’s already picked a date.
“I’m pretty sure they will when they play Florida for my official visit,” Williams said.
So how does Florida State compare to Texas A&M, Georgia, Miami and its other contenders?
“It’s a unique campus. It gives you a really historic vibe,” Williams said. “Anywhere you go on this campus, there’s a unique vibe about it. And the people are so real.”
The five-star also talked about when his decision will come and what factors will go into that decision.
“I would say October or September. I think the factors are my ties to this school, how comfortable I am with them and the relationships I have with the coaches and the players,” he said. declared. “Making sure that I have been to this school and that I am comfortable there.
Now that Williams has made more than one trip to Tallahassee, he has his sights set on something else he’d like to see.
“I would say their play during the season. That’s really it,” he said, adding that he liked what he saw of FSU’s passing attack in practice. “They definitely throw the ball. I’ve seen that a lot, and they always move with their receivers and their offense.”
FSU head coach Mike Norvell also continued to impress the top-notch receiver.
“He’s everywhere in practice. He’s everywhere,” Williams said. “He doesn’t just work with a specific group or drill. He works with receivers, linemen, DBs, tight ends, everybody. Most coaches, they’re not very interactive. But he moves and interacts like he’s not even the head coach. Like he’s an ordinary person, and I really like that.”
Williams has the strongest relationship with receivers coach Ron Dugans and also had a clear message about her feelings for him.
“He’s been real from the jump,” Williams said. “That’s what you look for in a coach.”