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January 3, 2013

Cats in pursuit of Florida linebacker Williams

Hialeah (Fla.) coach Marc Berman has been around the south Florida recruiting scene for a while and he describes it as a "shark tank."

In other words every year most of the college programs at the FBS level journey to Berman's part of the state, in many cases to recruit his players. And the competition is fierce, for committed and uncommitted recruits alike.

Shortly after Mark Stoops was hired the Wildcats offered one of Berman's senior linebackers, George Williams. The 5-foot-11, 224-pound linebacker is a Top 100 prospect in Florida and that means he's got the highest possible three-star rating on Rivals.com. He's not committed and a lot of schools are after him.

"Coach (D.J.) Eliot, the defensive coordinator, called me a couple of days after he got the job there," Berman said. "(Williams) is thinking about them as well. They're definitely in his sights."

No official visit has been set, however. Berman said Williams is likely to take an official visit to Hawaii and others could be scheduled as well.

With more than 30 offers, Williams and his coach have a lot of hard decisions to make before they make the hardest decision of all.

"I'm not sure what he's going to do," Berman said. "I'm going to a (coaching) convention so I'll speak to some guys there and then be back on January 10."

Regardless of whether UK is able to land Williams, Berman believes the new staff in Lexington is going to be a big hit with recruits. That's based on his personal experience with them.

"Coach Stoops and coach Eliot are very energetic and gung-ho, especially coach Stoops," Berman said. "He has a good reputation down here in the Miami-area for recruiting. I think they'll be able to get not just second-level guys but the top-level, three, four and five-star kids. I think he can compete for those guys.

"It's a shark tank down here and I'm sure they're going to get theirs."

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