Alabamaâ€™s offensive line looks to be the strongest part of the 2009 recruiting class. We all know about targets D.J. Fluker, Bobby Massie and James Carpenter, but fans shouldnâ€™t forget Snellville, GA., standout Kellen Williams.
Williams didnâ€™t think he would wind up at Alabama, but Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban made an offer following Williamsâ€™ junior year.
Williams is 6â€™3â€ 295 lbs., and a offensive guard prospect, according to Rivals. Heâ€™s rated a three-star by Rivals, a three-star by Scout, and ESPN grades him at 75 as a tackle prospect. ESPN lists Williams as 6â€™5â€ and 298 lbs.
According to ESPN, â€œWilliams has the potential to be a very solid offensive lineman at the tackle position. Very impressive looking player at 6 foot five and three hundred pounds; looks good in the uniform. At times shows the tools necessary to be an outstanding lineman. Other times gets into trouble with first step; has the tendency to over stride or false step…â€ (You can read more of the evaluation at ESPN.)
But what fans should like most about Williams is the recruitâ€™s attitude.
According to the AJC today, â€œWilliams wasnâ€™t rated that highly by some of the scouting services, but coach Nick Saban told Williams that Alabama coaches liked what they saw on film. Williams wants to climb the depth chart next season and compete for a starting job by his sophomore season. He plans on staying all four years and graduating.â€
Refreshing to see a player mature enough to know that it can take time to climb the depth chart; it is also refreshing to see a player who knows that staying four years and getting the degree is important too.