Just a mere hour after landing their biggest commitment of the 2018 recruiting cycle, the Florida Gators got another one — this time, from 2019 defensive end Cameron Williams.
Williams is an unrated defensive end from Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, and thus fits the profile of so many South Florida-based defenders that have signed on with the Gators since the hiring of Randy Shannon as a defensive coordinator: Unknown, possibly unranked defenders from south of Lake Okeechobee have routinely been Florida’s bread and butter on the recruiting trail in the last few years, and some, like linebacker Vosean Joseph, have already panned out as finds.
Williams has not made much of an imprint on the recruiting trail, and held offers from only Kentucky and UCF prior to this commitment. But he’s a giant among Lilliputians in his highlights, and might be able to develop more at Chaminade-Madonna, a school that counts NFLers Jon Beason and Kamar Aiken among its alumni, than his previous school, Nova High in Davie. (Nova did yield Autry Denson and Chris Gamble.)
And, as ever, it seems fair to grant a coaching staff that counts not just Shannon but South Florida sages JaJuan Seider and Corey Bell among its members the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the boot of the Sunshine State.
Williams is Florida’s 11th commit in a 2019 class that remains No. 1 nationally.