Proximity and playing time were key factors in Ricky Williams' decision to sign a national letter-of-intent with Fort Valley State this afternoon.
"I wanted to be close to home," the Houston County High senior tight end said. "My parents can watch me play."
Williams also said that Fort Valley head coach Deondri Clark thinks the 6-foot-5, 246-pounder could find his way onto the field as a true freshman. The Wildcats open the season against NCAA Division II defending national champion Valdosta State.
One thing that didn't play a role in Williams' decision was race. Williams joins Warner Robins graduate Jake Grubbs as the only two white players on the roster at the traditional black college.
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"I don't have any issues with color," Williams said. "I just want to play ball."
Williams continues a developing legacy of Houston County tight ends who have earned the right to compete at the collegiate level. He follows in the footsteps of players like Ben Collins, Trahern Holden and Kyle Moore.
A member of the all-county and All-Region 1-AAAAA teams, Williams caught 13 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown in 2007. The Fort Valley staff State likes his good hands and sees Williams as a real matchup concern for safeties and linebackers.
The middle of five children born to Cindy and Rick, Williams hopes to major in secondary education. He has designs on coaching in the future.