December 3, 2010

JUCO defensive tackle set to visit Ole Miss

Sylvester Williams continues his whirlwind tour of major college football programs this weekend.

The Coffeyville (Kansas) Community College defensive tackle visited North Carolina and USC in November and will arrive in Oxford, Miss., today for a weekend trip to Ole Miss.

The 6-foot-3, 310-pound prospect is likely to visit Oklahoma State next weekend, but he could go to Georgia instead or see the Bulldogs after checking out the Cowboys.

Interest has picked up, and Williams is attempting to fit all his options into a tight window. He's a December graduate and will enroll at the school of his choice in January.

"I just want to look at everybody before making a decision," Williams said. "I know I'm going to Ole Miss this weekend, and then probably Oklahoma State, but I want to see Georgia too. I might delay my decision so I can see everybody."

The junior college signing period begins Dec. 15 and lasts until mid-January, so there's time for Williams to be thorough in his search.

His list of schools is mostly traditional college towns, while USC is, of course, situated in Los Angeles. But the area around the university isn't a factor for Williams. He's there to play football and hopefully become an NFL prospect.

"L.A. was absolutely beautiful, but I don't care about any of that," Williams said. "It's all about the program and playing time. I want a school that gives me the chance to fill an immediate need. Coming from a junior college, it's important to get on the field right away."

The Rebels are losing at least three defensive tackles from their rotation. It could be four if Jerrell Powe decides to test the NFL waters or is denied another year of eligibility. Williams is familiar with Ole Miss' depth chart.

"I think the coaching staff is a group I could like and be comfortable with, and I know they are losing several players up front," Williams said. "I'll be looking at team chemistry and just the whole picture of the program."

Williams was named first team All-Jayhawk Conference and first team all-region for his play this season. He had 49 tackles and 11.5 of those were for loss. He also had two sacks, a forced fumble and blocked four kicks.

In the Red Ravens' Oct. 16 game against top-ranked Butler, Williams blocked a punt and a point-after attempt, earning him the conference special teams player of the week award.

"When I get back from Ole Miss I'll figure it out from there," Williams said. "There's time, but I've got to keep moving."

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