Xavier Williams Recruiting Update: Miami Working To Flip Alabama Commit

    Xavier Williams recruiting update as of Monday, February 13. The Miami Hurricanes are working to flip the Alabama commit.

    February 13, 2017

    Xavier Williams recruiting update as of Monday, February 13. The Miami Hurricanes are turning up their pursuit.

    One of Mark Richt’s top priorities when taking the Miami job was to lock down the recruiting borders of South Florida. Too many top recruits were leaving for other pastures far too often.

    Now in his second full cycle, and third overall, that mission becomes all the more important.

    Xavier Williams

    One elite recruit currently planning to leave South Florida is 4-star wide receiver/athlete Xavier Williams. He committed to Alabama just last month, but with 2018 National Signing Day nearly a year out, there’s more than enough time for other schools to make their case, especially nearby Miami.

    Williams plays his high school football at Chaminade-Madonna, which is approximately 40 minutes north of Miami’s campus. The proximity gives the Canes a big advantage in his recruitment.

    “Miami is home, they’re making more of a priority, which they did before, they’re just turning it up a notch,” Williams told CanesInsight.com.

    “Miami is my No. 2 right now and they’re pushing for me really hard.

    “Miami still has a chance of course. Recruiting has picked up actually since I committed to Alabama.”

    As is often the case when the Crimson Tide slide an offer across the table, other programs begin to take notice.

    For Miami, Williams is exactly the type of prospect the Hurricanes need to keep home. When the Canes have been at their best, it’s been because of the elite talent brought in from the surrounding high schools.

    His relationship with the coaching staffs has, and will continue to, play heavily into his recruitment.

    “I really like Miami, it’s just that I had a better relationship with Alabama and they had a better relationship with my family and you know sometimes you just have to solidify a position with them.”

    Williams has the ability to play both ways – cornerback and wide receiver – and is an elusive playmaker with the ball in his hands. He’s listed at 6-foot-0 and 180 pounds, and is ranked the nation’s No. 86 overall player and No. 13 wide receiver per Scout. On the offensive side of the ball, he’ll need to work on his blocking ability. He’ll also need to add some strength, but that’ll come with a college training regimen.

    MORE: Ranking The Top 25 Recruits For 2018


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