“It’s probably slightly above average,” he added. “We generally have somewhere in the 14, 15, 16 Division I FBS, FCS at least in the class, but in this one we probably have more FBS this year than other years, but it’s about what we do on an annual basis.”
GMC sends off a lot of talent with this year’s sophomore class, but Williams believes the most interesting part of the process has been piecing together the right group of players and watching them move on to bigger and better opportunities.
“Classes always get pieced together, put together on the run a little bit,” he said. “Obviously, you have your signing date—we hope to have a lot of guys jump on board coming out of high school with us—but there’s guys that transfer in that don’t like where they are, they run into trouble, they’ve got some family things and want to be closer to home, you name it; there’s a laundry list of things. So, we had some guys come in that were one-year players for us like Ty Smith and Kenderius Whitehead, and they’re going to Alabama and Georgia Tech between the two of them.”
There is no mistake about it, GMC fans and coaches will remember these men for a long time.
“What I’m going to remember about the team personally is that they were just a fun group to coach,” Williams said. “There really wasn’t a day where I went to practice and felt like I was going to work. They were an enjoyable group of guys to be around—they’re a very entertaining group of guys to be around. An undefeated regular season record 11-0, a birth to the National Championship—there’s some great things, you know, six All-Americans. There’s a lot of things that the group did that I think will be easy to remember over the years.”
In all the years of coaching, Williams admits, “I think truly out of all the teams I’ve had the opportunity to coach here at GMC, this is probably the funnest group on a day-in, day-out basis that I’ve ever had.”