Kellen Williams, offensive tackle from Snellville-Brookwood, Ga., was one of several players in…
"I'm a little Pit Bull."
"I've been an Alabama fan since I was a little kid," said Kellen Williams. "What inspired me to be a Bama fan/player is how close knit the fan base is with the players and how the players have overcome loads of adversity. A lot of people hate Bama because they are so good."
Williams was recruited to Alabama by Coach Geoff Collins now at UCF.
"It all has happened so fast. Coach Collins was here looking at me when I was a junior. In February I was sitting in Coach Saban's office, and in April I received an offer," said Williams.
It was an offer he readily accepted on 4/17/08.
"Coach (Kirby) Smart is the recruiting coordinator for this area. I talk to him about once every two weeks," he added.
As Williams looks ahead to the fall and the rigorous demands of a Saban camp he has dedicated himself to an onerous workout regimen.
"I'm working on speed and agility at a place about 20 minutes from my house called WPI. Coach Smart told me to continue with my high school weight program because it's similar to what Alabama does," states Williams.
The Crimson Tide will have to replace three starters on the offensive line in 2009: Marlon Davis, Antoine Caldwell and Andre Smith. Williams thinks this will give him a good chance to compete for a playing time as a true freshman.
"I have high expectations for myself. I'm a competitor. My goal is to get on the depth chart and make the travel team like (John Michael) Boswell and (Tyler) Love did this year," he explained.
The team overall will have some changes, but Williams thinks they're still a team to be reckoned with.
"There's going to be a new quarterback, either (Greg) McElroy or (Star) Jackson," he stated. "Mark Ingram will be the new running back, and we're losing Rashad (Johnson) on defense. But I think the team has enough talent and experience to have what it takes to win a national championship. I'd like us to get to the SEC championship and give Florida a little payback."
Williams feels he's a very "coachable" player and has the skills necessary as a quality lineman in the SEC.
"The offensive line coach at my high school is one of the best in the state if not the nation," said Williams of Brookwood's Tom Jones. "He's helped me develop my core skills at guard."
"My strengths are my speed and quickness. My 40 time was a 4.9 and 5.0 on grass. I'm also a good run blocker."
Williams feels the intangibles are something he must work on as his game continues to improve.
"It will take some time to get used to the speed at the next level," he said. "I need to work on my first step and keep getting faster. But I'm a competitor. Out there I'm a little Pit Bull."
A couple of defensive linemen found that out at the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Classic. Williams went up against touted Duke recruit John Drew and UCF recruit Tay Irvin and did not allow a sack.
"Drew was real good, didn't get by me in pass pro but a real solid defensive tackle. We battled all day back-and-forth. I had an advantage over Irvin. He was all right," said Williams.
As well as an invitation to play in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Classic, Williams accolades include an AP All-State selection in the state of Georgia, an Atlanta Journal Constitution All-State selection, a Gwinnett All-County selection, Touchdown Club of Gwinnett Offensive Lineman of the Year, a spot on the Atlanta Touchdown Club All-Metro team, and was once selected lineman of the week by the Atlanta Touchdown Club.
As Williams' time at Alabama draws near he talks the most with fellow UA recruit, William Ming, who he plans to room with in the fall.
"I hit it off with Ming," said Williams. "But I talk to Anthony Orr, Quinton Dial, and AJ McCarron quite a bit."
Kellen sports a 3.7 GPA and had a 980 on his SAT. He thinks if he didn't choose Alabama then Vanderbilt is probably where he would have gone.
"They have great academics. I was looking at Vanderbilt or Florida probably the most," he said.
When he hits the books at Alabama, Williams already has a goal in mind.
"I plan to major in Special Education," he stated.
Williams played No. 70 for the Brookwood Broncos, and would like to find an available number somewhere close.
"I wore 70 in high school, but that's Evan Cardwell's number. If I can find a number in the 70s I'll be happy," Williams concluded.
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