Rutland's Williams happy to finally sign with Georgia

dshirley@macon.comFebruary 5, 2014 

  • Shakenneth talks about signing with Georgia on Wednesday.

The recruiting calendar and National Signing Day, in particular, often bring about anxious moments for athletes going through the process.

There were no such worries for Rutland’s Shakenneth Williams.

The senior wide receiver committed to Georgia upon receiving an offer during the summer and signed with the Bulldogs on Wednesday.

“Knowing that the day was coming up and knowing that I had my big signing day, it was all smiles,” Williams said. “I had a great time, and I went through a great process. Now finally putting the signature on the paper, I’m finally a Bulldog. Go Dogs. I’m loving it right now.”

Williams seemed to enjoy the entire process, mainly because his focus was on one program.

“It’s always been Georgia. Knowing that other schools was trying to hit up on me and stuff like that, I stayed with Georgia,” he said. “It was close to home, and it felt like home. I love the coaching staff that was there. I love everybody up there, and I love the great environment all around. It was all smiles there, too.”

Williams is one of four receivers in Georgia’s class. He finished his senior season with 816 receiving yards on 34 catches (an average of 24 yards per catch), and he had 12 touchdowns. He helped lead the Hurricanes to a winning record and into the playoffs for the first since 2007.

“His aggressiveness for the ball is just outstanding,” Rutland head coach George Collins said. “He can just go catch the football and make some real tough catches. (Georgia receivers coach) Tony Ball is the perfect match for him. He will refine Shakenneth and make him an even better receiver.

“He’s going to be a good one.”

There really was never a doubt the Bulldogs would get him after Georgia offered last summer. Now Williams will turn his focus to being ready to contribute as a freshman.

“They told me to come in and work hard and get stronger and learn the routes and stuff, and I will surely earn some playing time,” Williams said. “My high school days are going by quick; it should be here in no time. I’m going to work and keep preparing, and I will be ready for it to get here.

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