Fayetteville (N.C.) Smith three-star two-way lineman Arthur Williams contacted the Florida State staff around 2:30 p.m. this afternoon to inform them of his commitment.
“I committed to Florida State,” Williams told Noles247.com.
He had multiple reasons for why he selected the Seminoles over other offers including East Carolina and Miami, as well as heavy interest from Auburn.
“First and foremost, I am going to go to school to get my bachelors and masters in business and marketing,” Williams said. “Florida State is the number one business school in the country. It stuck out so much from every other school. You have no choice but to be successful academically.”
“Number two is because it is still in the south and close to home, because I am originally from (Waycross,) Georgia,” Williams added. “My family will always be able to come and watch me play.”
“Number three is it is a championship team right now,” Williams concluded with. “I want to be a part of a team of that caliber.”
Another reason why the 6-foot-4, 280-pound prospect felt comfortable with making his pledge was due to the relationship he has built with area recruiter Jay Graham.
“I have been talking with Coach Graham during this process,” Williams said. “Me and Coach Graham just have a great relationship. I feel like he is already one of my current coaches. He treats me like one of his current players. We laugh, joke around, and he just stays honest with me. He keeps it real.”
Williams, who is capable of playing on either side of the ball, would rather get dirty sacking the quarterback than protecting him.
“I am coming for defense,” Williams said. “I definitely want to play defense.”
Now that he is committed, Williams plans to get back down to Tallahassee for another visit.
“My last visit was the summer camp visit,” Williams said. “I am coming back next weekend for the Miami game.”
He will also visit another school or two before signing.
“I am still going to take other officials,” Williams said. “I am planning an official to Auburn-Alabama for the Iron Bowl and I am also thinking about going to a Miami game.”
During his summer camp visit, Williams worked at defensive tackle with the Seminoles. He garnered a lot of attention from defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins during the July visit.
With regards to academics, Williams has made significant strides during the early portion of his senior year and is now on track to qualify. He recently made an 1120 on his SAT (860 on math and reading).
247Sports.com ranks Williams as the No. 57 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 26 prospect from North Carolina.