Though he opted not to sign during the early period last month, Daphne four-star defensive back Christian Williams told AL.com on Friday night he was still “locked in on Bama.”
The 6-foot-1, 182-pound All-State defensive back committed to the Crimson Tide last spring, but his decision not to sign in December coupled with Alabama having already signed several national DBs in this class has raised questions about his future.
“I’m still committed to Alabama,” Williams said again Friday night following Daphne’s 67-64 basketball victory over rival Spanish Fort. “I still plan to go in there and compete as hard as I can.”
Williams has drawn increased interest from multiple schools across the country following his participation in both the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game and the Under Armour All-American Game.
Football coaches from LSU, Miami, Kansas and Oregon were at the Daphne basketball game on Friday night. Williams has changed his visit schedule several times. He said the only officials he has set right now are Alabama on Jan. 25 and Oregon on Jan. 31.
“Honestly, I’m just trying to get out and see things, take it smooth,” he said. “I’m trying not to stress about it. I’ve just been praying about it and talking to my parents.”
Williams has been to a pair of LSU games. He said Oregon and Miami only have recently joined the recruiting process.
“Oregon was talking to me in the beginning, then when I committed they kind of backed off a little bit,” he said. “After I didn’t sign, they got back on me and started talking again. Miami just came around recently after they hired the new coach (Manny Diaz). I don’t know a lot about them just yet.”
Williams made 52 solo tackles for Daphne this year and had eight interceptions. He also ran four kickoffs back four touchdowns and caught 22 passes for 340 yards.
He is one of three high-profile Coastal Alabama recruits who have been committed to SEC schools but did not sign in the early period. The others are Spanish Fort DB D.J. James (Mississippi State) and McGill-Toolen DT LeDarrius Cox (Tennessee).
James is visiting Nebraska this weekend. Cox was scheduled to be in Knoxville.