Vols close deal with Williams

Toney Williams came to Knoxville for his official visit last weekend hoping to close the deal on his Tennessee commitment.

Mission accomplished.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound running back from Milton High School in Alpharetta, Ga., said last week that he was 90 percent committed to UT and was waiting for his official visit to be sure.

"It went real good," Williams said. "I like everything about it. I'm committed 100 percent now."

Williams said his interaction with UT's coaches stood out among everything else on his trip.

"It was just the coaches, the staff and Coach (Lane) Kiffin himself," Williams said. "It just made me feel comfortable."

He plans to enroll at UT in January.

Williams' positive report is good news for UT, which has lost eight commitments from its 2009 class, six of which have been attributed to UT's coaching change.

Kiffin, who was hired this month to replace Phillip Fulmer, won Williams over this month when he promised him a chance to play tailback in UT's new offensive system.

He is a bigger tailback than most. Already at 230 pounds, he could prove to be a similar fit in Kiffin's system as LenDale White when Kiffin was at Southern California.

Williams chose UT over Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Indiana, Arkansas and Rutgers.

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mountainbrook writes:

Sweet!

yeavols#228407 writes:

WOW..KNS delivers a recruiting story...well, it was almost new...

Major_Magilicutty writes:

Seriously, a recruiting story and a story about our men's bball team, all in one day! WOW is right!

cainclifton23 writes:

Charles Barkley said the only reason we didnt sign petty was because he was black....lol

Naw jk, hope we can get Manti Te'o

rckymtngator writes:

WOW, another player that was not recruited by the SEC Power teams of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, & LSU. The talent gap between UT and the top SEC teams continues to widen.

hotrodvol writes:

Come on in THUNDER!!!

smokyredbone writes:

Hammer Time!!! Toney Williams (SMASH) David Oku (DASH)

smokyredbone writes:

in response to rckymtngator:

WOW, another player that was not recruited by the SEC Power teams of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, & LSU. The talent gap between UT and the top SEC teams continues to widen.

We'll see mountainGator! Your boy finished third!!ha ha ha! Now the Sooners are going to blast your behinds back to the Swump!

b.skelton#207404 writes:

in response to rckymtngator:

WOW, another player that was not recruited by the SEC Power teams of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, & LSU. The talent gap between UT and the top SEC teams continues to widen.

Are you really arrogant enough to think if the four schools you named did not offer, then the player is not a quality player? You obviously don't understand recruiting........

VolPatrick writes:

Good job locking up the recruits. Holding onto a top 15 recruiting class would be a great first step for Coach Kiffin. Perhaps he can add some spice to the mix, but if nothing else, I'm happy. Just look at what is happening at Auburn and be thankful, and patient.

smokyredbone writes:

in response to rckymtngator:

WOW, another player that was not recruited by the SEC Power teams of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, & LSU. The talent gap between UT and the top SEC teams continues to widen.

Boomer Sooner!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate Gators!! SEC or not can't, won't and absolutly refuse to root for the slimey ones!!!!!

smokyredbone writes:

in response to VolPatrick:

Good job locking up the recruits. Holding onto a top 15 recruiting class would be a great first step for Coach Kiffin. Perhaps he can add some spice to the mix, but if nothing else, I'm happy. Just look at what is happening at Auburn and be thankful, and patient.

He's not finished! Just keeping the ones he wants and locking down his own crop! Signing Day will be nice.

DennisVols writes:

This kid is the real deal. I watched him play here in the N. Atlanta area and he will run you over and then run by the rest. You can not bring him down with arm tackles.
In just one game this year he rushed for 400+ yards and 7 TD, he has good hands as well in catching passes.

cainclifton23 writes:

in response to rckymtngator:

WOW, another player that was not recruited by the SEC Power teams of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, & LSU. The talent gap between UT and the top SEC teams continues to widen.

Do you really think UF wants a 230 LB, or Lsu.. all about fitting the system,

come on man.

jturne44 writes:

in response to rckymtngator:

WOW, another player that was not recruited by the SEC Power teams of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, & LSU. The talent gap between UT and the top SEC teams continues to widen.

watch his tapes boy, he'd run spikes over...plus sam bradford was only a 3 star when he came out of high school...you have to watch the player not who is recruiting him and necessarily how many stars he gots...watch this kid play and he wants to play...good enough for me

gators can't survive in the mountains...

dc_4_ut writes:

in response to rckymtngator:

WOW, another player that was not recruited by the SEC Power teams of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, & LSU. The talent gap between UT and the top SEC teams continues to widen.

Florida sucks. DC 1 rockymtngator 0

khelton657 writes:

Welcome Toney, come on up and kick some butt...we are going to get a lot of press and attention in the arena next year and you're going to love it..

rckymtngator writes:

Just having some fun and stirring the pot. Congratulations on your new recruit, hopefully we will see a competitive Florida/UT game in the coming years.

DennisVols writes:

http://www.wsbtv.com/video/17464440/i...

Here's a little more about Williams

dc_4_ut writes:

in response to jturne44:

watch his tapes boy, he'd run spikes over...plus sam bradford was only a 3 star when he came out of high school...you have to watch the player not who is recruiting him and necessarily how many stars he gots...watch this kid play and he wants to play...good enough for me

gators can't survive in the mountains...

Finally, somebody else that watches the videos! Totally agree w/ you 100% - the talent level and desire to compete is there. It's a winning combination. We need more of these guys who are more interested in wearing the BIG ORANGE than their individual stats. He sounds like a good kid. I'll take another 20 Toneys over 20 Jarvis Giles any day. Plus we've got Oku. Are WE gonna steal the Smash and Dash nickname now? Watch out Lendale!

gwbask writes:

Who are the 8 recruits we lost? Is he counting Boyd and Petty? Anyone know?

BigT_Chief writes:

Put 20lbs more muscle on him and ask Jerome Bettis to let us call him "The Bus"

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to rckymtngator:

Just having some fun and stirring the pot. Congratulations on your new recruit, hopefully we will see a competitive Florida/UT game in the coming years.

What is the over/under for Fla-Okie?

Saw the Gators laying 3 but forgot to look at the point totals.

As usual, T/O's will decide this one.

wagee12 writes:

Mr. Hooker,
Who are the eight commitments lost? If a player is told he may not fit into a system does that count as a commitment lost. Name the eight please! We may be in high Cotton before you know it anyway!

tennesseePhatz writes:

in response to cainclifton23:

Charles Barkley said the only reason we didnt sign petty was because he was black....lol

Naw jk, hope we can get Manti Te'o

STUPID POST ON YOUR PART. WE DON'T WANT TO HERE THIS GARBAGE!!!!!!!

VolPatrick writes:

Thinking about this type of player running out of the one back makes me really, really happy. Scout has him #30 at RB and a 4 star. Sounds interesting...

yeavols#228407 writes:

Hey guys..the RAIDERS got raided by Kiffin..check out this story...

http://www.ibabuzz.com/raidersblog/20...

thevoice writes:

"It was a size 10 shoe." Name that quote.

yeavols#228407 writes:

Ya'lll arn't really arguing with a mindless Gator are you? The Gator fans are a little ticked because Fulmer is no longer with us, we have better recruits looking at us and higher in the rankings so far, Monte Kiffin has joined us, and if I was a Gator, I would be concerned too..Don't give it another thought..

Ironcity writes:

I saw that two Raider coaches just notified the head coach there coming to UT including the offensive line coach for the Raiders. That could be good or bad. The O line for the Raiders is plain awful but I am not sure its the coaches fault.

BigT_Chief writes:

in response to yeavols#228407:

Ya'lll arn't really arguing with a mindless Gator are you? The Gator fans are a little ticked because Fulmer is no longer with us, we have better recruits looking at us and higher in the rankings so far, Monte Kiffin has joined us, and if I was a Gator, I would be concerned too..Don't give it another thought..

Big Daddy D(Monte) and Eric Berry, bringing the Orange Swarm to a field near you.

DennisVols writes:

We'll see how good UF is next year w/o their OC, Harvin, Tebow, James and Spikes.
With the NFL and the union about to reach an agreement that will limit the salaries of rookies, effective in the 2010 draft, there will be a larger than normal group of underclassmen jumping early/

jsm67vol writes:

in response to rckymtngator:

WOW, another player that was not recruited by the SEC Power teams of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, & LSU. The talent gap between UT and the top SEC teams continues to widen.

Because the kid wanted to play TB not get moved to D or FB like at the trashdumps you mentioned.

GreenDevilVol writes:

in response to rckymtngator:

WOW, another player that was not recruited by the SEC Power teams of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, & LSU. The talent gap between UT and the top SEC teams continues to widen.

Hey slim bag,heres to your NOT KNOWING what you are talking about,jerk-wad...

http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/...

yeavols#228407 writes:

in response to BigT_Chief:

Big Daddy D(Monte) and Eric Berry, bringing the Orange Swarm to a field near you.

LOL..I call them The Wizard of VOLS

SemperVol writes:

in response to yeavols#228407:

Hey guys..the RAIDERS got raided by Kiffin..check out this story...

http://www.ibabuzz.com/raidersblog/20...

...and so are the days of our lives.

Haha.. nice link, yeavols.

SemperVol writes:

Regarding all these pansy nicknames for our team... Lord help us!

September can't get here fast enough.

jsm67vol writes:

in response to wlvol:

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Three guys are better than one!!! They can all play and will IMO plus Creer, Hardesty and Poole. If not they will get their chance in spring to determine who the guy is but it won't just be one of them.

sameolvolalum writes:

in response to SemperVol:

...and so are the days of our lives.

Haha.. nice link, yeavols.

'Glad you posted that--------'Read every post on there. Hilarious!!!! No doubt--these folks understand Kiff's value (for the most part). Did you notice the fart-heads on their site, too. See! We're not alone!

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Betcha PJ at GT wanted him. He'd be a natural in that offense.

LSU better bring their "A" game vs the Yellow Jackets.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to yeavols#228407:

Hey guys..the RAIDERS got raided by Kiffin..check out this story...

http://www.ibabuzz.com/raidersblog/20...

Great story. I admit that I was against hiring this guy, but now I'm starting to get fired up about Kiffin. Looks like Al Davis messed with the wrong dude.

blitzshoot writes:

in response to smokyredbone:

Hammer Time!!! Toney Williams (SMASH) David Oku (DASH)

nice ring to that.

NoogaVol55 writes:

He appears to be a good kid...who happens to be built like an anvil...it is probably a big stretch in comparison...but he looks like a Brandon Jacobs (NY Giants) type back

uahvol75 writes:

dont know if yall know this but Oku's ACT is a 15..i hope he gets his grades up but ive got a bad feeling about prep school for him :( at least giles was gonna enroll in January

MikeTheVol writes:

in response to rckymtngator:

WOW, another player that was not recruited by the SEC Power teams of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, & LSU. The talent gap between UT and the top SEC teams continues to widen.

The gators must not have their own website.

shoalcreekvol writes:

in response to thevoice:

"It was a size 10 shoe." Name that quote.

Fulmer, explaining to his proctologist how Mike Hamilton kicked his...out of town.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to yeavols#228407:

WOW..KNS delivers a recruiting story...well, it was almost new...

They didn't tell what his * rating was at this time. Oh well KNS needs to do a little work on reporting.

shoalcreekvol writes:

in response to BigT_Chief:

Big Daddy D(Monte) and Eric Berry, bringing the Orange Swarm to a field near you.

This'll make Knowshown go pro early. What's that sound, Kno? It's Eric, flyin' another Berry Rocket on ya...

shoalcreekvol writes:

in response to cainclifton23:

Do you really think UF wants a 230 LB, or Lsu.. all about fitting the system,

come on man.

Florida would want him at Quarterback...

VolinCalif writes:

in response to cainclifton23:

Charles Barkley said the only reason we didnt sign petty was because he was black....lol

Naw jk, hope we can get Manti Te'o

That old S@#@. What would football be with out black players? UT was ahead of all the south in recurting black players yes and at QB. Let the dead horse go guys Obama put an end to that phooey. everyone nation wide is sick of that sh@@.

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