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The Canes Want 5-Star ATH James Williams? Win Some Games

Andrew Ivins, 247Sports

A winning culture is necessary to make an effort for some of the nations top recruits. And in the case of Plantation (FL) American Heritage five-star athlete James Williams, all he wants to see is the Miami Hurricanes win some games.

“I’m going to tell everybody this and all the fans this, I want to see them win, that’s all I want to see,” Williams said in an interview with 247Sports’ Andrew Ivins.

No surprises here. Williams chose to decommit from the Hurricanes back in May of 2019 and didn’t seem interested in the program following a 6-7 season. Williams left the Canes out of his ‘Top 5’ list.

However, things have changed, largely because of the addition of NFL Hall of Famer Ed Reed to Miami’s coaching staff. In a surprise turn, the nation’s No. 1 ranked athlete cut his list of schools down to two: Miami and Georgia.

At this point, there’s no more recruiting Williams. He knows what Miami has to offer and how he can fit in the program. He needs to see the results. With another shot at grabbing a five-star commitment, the pressure is on Manny Diaz’s squad to squeeze in a compelling winning season this upcoming fall.

Competing with Georgia’s Kirby Smart, who almost always finds himself as a top 10 team in college football, won’t be easy. Yet, it’ll likely be the only manner to grab the athlete who has been compared to a young Isaiah Simmons.

The race for the South Florida star will continue for months to come. Missing out on his services could haunt Canes fans for a lifetime.

Michael Yero covers all of South Florida’s major pro teams, along with high school sports for 305 Sports. He also covers sports for Immaculata-La Salle High School’s student newspaper, the Royal Courier.

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