From the opening diary …"Dinner was tight,'' Williams said. When we walked into that house, it was like walking into a Publix Bakery—banana pudding, chocolate cake, cheesecake. I didn't want to leave.", Navarro was pleased with the response.
He agreed to place the following offerings on the section’s front page. 27, 2004, beneath a headline reading "UM Trip is Paradise for Williams," readers were treated to a merging of "Coach [Coker] looks like an old guys in his 50s or 60s, but he’s real cool," Williams said. And when I saw he was driving the Escalade, I was like, ‘Dang, coach got some taste.'"“I was thinking the bus driver was crazy.Depending on the perspective, Williams was either the poster child for the spoiled athlete, or Coker was the evil, by-any-means-necessary wooer of children. But when they told me we're going to eat there again, I was a little disappointed.Here, for one of the first times, was a no-holds-barred glimpse into a seedy world where wealthy white men (often in their 40s and 50s) dipped their claws into the projects to pull forth those holding the golden ticket of athletic brilliance.“The process is disgusting, only most people have no idea,” says Xavier Lee, the former Florida State quarterback who was recruited alongside Williams. 31, Willie Williams boarded a small prop plane and flew to Gainesville—home of the University of Florida Gators. I was like, `Take us to Red Lobster or something.' That's when I pretty much made up my mind.13, 2003, In a city where football ranks first, second, third, fourth and fifth on the Most Important High School Endeavor list, Williams was one of many standouts (even on his own team, which featured two future NFL players in safety Kenny Phillips and defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois). Even as he put together a remarkable run for the Chiefs (18 sacks in nine games; 11 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles in Carol City's 13-0 victory over Orlando Edgewater in the Class 6A Florida championship game), there is only so much fame for a high school football player (especially a defensive one) to attain. “You just hope it’s good.”Williams’ first stop on the recruiting express was a January trek to Tallahassee, home to Florida State and Bobby Bowden, the school’s legendary coach.To Division I coaches, Williams was a gift from the gods—ranked by most scouting services as America’s top-rated high school senior linebacker, as well as a kid who scored 1070 on the SATs and maintained a 3.0 GPA. Less than an hour after returning to Miami, Williams met Navarro inside the Carol City gymnasium.“This was a kid that got hit by a car in the face during his freshman year of high school.