Lake City Columbia defensive back Ahmad Williams is moving on to play college football close to home. Williams recently committed to Valdosta State University.
1010XL sat down with Williams to discuss his commitment.
“They liked the way I played defensive back,” Williams told 1010XL regarding Valdosta State. “They just like the way we play at Columbia and they said that I could fit their scheme on defense.
“I also just like the atmosphere down there. I went there for my official visit and I liked the coaches, it’s close to home and they just won a national championship.
Williams is not only grateful for the opportunity to play college football, but also, and maybe more so, for the chance to continue his education.
“It means a lot and it feels great to be able to play football, but it also means a lot that I’ll be able to go to school, get my education and get my degree,” Williams said. “It’s a blessing to be able to play football, but it also feels real good to be able to go to school as well.”
Williams was asked to reflect back on his time at Lake City and the memories he will take with him from Columbia High School.
“One of my lasting memories was beating IMG Academy,” Williams said. “They are one of the best teams in the country, so that was a good feeling.”
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Williams was coached at Lake City by former Florida State linebacker Brian Allen. What was it like to play for Allen?
“With coaches that have been to the highest level, they know what they are doing as far as training and school,” Williams said. “They always keep us on the right path and they train us really well because they know what it takes to get to the next level.”
Williams cherished playing in Lake City.
“It feels really special because of the support system in Lake City,” Williams said. “Everybody in this city supports football. The games are packed and you have a lot of people that want to help is out all the time.
“It’s just a good feeling to have so much support in Lake city because it’s a small town and you wouldn’t expect for the whole city to have our backs like that. They support us in whatever we do and it feels real good.”
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