DE Cameron Williams gets good initial impression from Jess Simpson

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. — Cameron Williams was, understandably, a bit disappointed when Craig Kuligowski left his post as Miami’s defensive line coach to take the same job at Alabama. The assistant coach became Williams’ primary recruiter in December when the Hurricanes finally offered and helped flip the 3-star weakside defensive end from Florida on Jan. 20.

Williams isn’t taking the departure too hard, though. He remains committed to Miami and is already starting form a relationship with new defensive line coach Jess Simpson.

“I’ve talked to him,” Williams told DieHards on Sunday at an Under Armour All-America Camp in Coconut Creek, “but I haven’t met him yet.”

Williams will finally get his first chance to meet the assistant in person Saturday when he makes his way to Coral Gables, Fla., for a junior day event coinciding with a spring practice. The visit will be Williams’ first since he committed to the Hurricanes earlier this year.

Williams’ profile has grown a bit since he flipped his pledge. Oklahoma offered the defensive end from Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School in Hollywood, Fla., a few days later, then Florida State hopped in Feb. 7.

The Seminoles have quickly positioned themselves as one of the biggest threats to flip the 6-foot-5, 230-pound edge rusher. Williams actually earned the offer while attending a junior day in Tallahassee, Fla., and he plans to return to the Florida Panhandle later this spring.

“It’s a pretty nice campus,” Williams said. “I talked to their coach. He’s a pretty cool dude.”

The Gators are still in the mix, too. Williams will make his way back to Gainesville, Fla., either March 30 or 31 for an unofficial visit.

The biggest trouble for Miami could arise in the form of the SEC. Williams had another impressive showing at North Broward Preparatory School after previous strong outings at a Rivals 3 Stripe Camp and regional for The Opening. Interest will inevitably grow.

Which schools is he still waiting to hear from? Georgia and Auburn. Those are the two schools Williams says may have a chance to sway him eventually.

Of course, it could all change once Williams meets Simpson.

“He’s all about business,” Williams said. “He’s ready to work. I am, too.”

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