"I was going to sign with Auburn out of high school,
but I did not qualify. I had always wanted to play for Auburn. It was a big let
down for me, but things have a way of working itself out," added the 6' 4",
270 pound defensive tackle from Augusta (GA).
Although Jonathan missed
out on a chance to play in the SEC right away; he is glad that he landed at MS
"The coaches here have been so good for me. We are like
a big family over here. I have nothing but good things to say about MS Delta CC.
They treat you right over here."
Hurricane Katrina cut short the season
for all of the juco programs in Mississippi last season, but Williams still feels
like it was a success.
"It was tough losing some games, but I had
a pretty good year. I probably had around 30 tackles and 4 or 5 sacks. I did not
get any awards or honors, but I think I improved my game. I plan on trying to
be the best defensive tackle in the Mississippi league and graduate in December.
Those are my goals."
Who are the main colleges that are involved with
"I say the main two schools who are recruiting
me are South Carolina and MSU. I have offers from South Carolina, MSU, and Ole Miss. Auburn is also showing me a lot of interest and so is Kansas."
has South Carolina and MSU done differently than the rest of the programs?
try to keep in contact with me. They just act like they really care."
Ole Miss been in contact lately?
"They have not really kept in touch
with me. I guess they lost interest in me after I committed."
colleges are at the top of Williams' list?
"South Carolina, MSU, and
Auburn. Those are the main three."
What does he like about South Carolina?
like their staff. I like Coaches Nix, Spurrier, and Womack. It seems like they
are starting a good program. I like the direction they are going. I want to win
when I get to the next level, and I think they are going places. But the main
thing is that they are only like 45 minutes from my home. They are like real close
to my home town."
"I was going to sign with
them out of high school, but I did not qualify. We kept in touch when I sat out
a semester at Independence because they placed me there. I have a pretty good
relationship with their coaches. I am just not sure if they are going to offer
me or not."
Williams committed to MSU back in March; where do the
"I am still committed. I am just looking at some other
schools. I guess being here in Mississippi, I kind of adopted the Mississippi
culture. I have been to some (of their) games, and I really like the atmosphere
there. I like Coaches Haley and Croom too. Coach Haley is an excellent defensive
line coach. He is on another level, a great guy."
Has Jonathan begun
to set up his official visits?
"No sir, I have not scheduled any yet.
I am focusing on my season at MS Delta CC. When it comes around, it will come
around. But I will definitely visit South Carolina and MSU and probably Auburn
It is very common for commitments to look around just to make
sure they are making the right decision, and odds are, Williams will stick with
his pledge to the Bulldogs.
"I feel like MSU was a good decision.
I think it is a good percentage I will end up at MSU. I just want to look around
and make sure I am making the right choice. I really think Coach Croom will put
me in a good position to succeed there. I am not too worried about it. Everything
will work itself out when that time comes."Watch Video
Jonathan Williams (DT, MS Delta CC, MS) - Jonathan was all set
to sign with Auburn coming out of high school but the lack of grades took him
on another route.