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LA Safety Kaine Williams talks recruiting, FSU interest

Kaine Williams is one of the best playmakers in the secondary for the 2021 class. The 6-foot-1, 186-pound safety from Marrero, LA has a who’s who offer sheet at this time, and recently Florida State joined the race for the 3rd best safety in the nation. We caught up with him to talk about his recruitment and to talk about his interest in FSU at this time.

Kaine is a natural playmaker in the secondary. Through his first 3 years at John Ehret High School Williams has proven to be a ballhawk at safety with the capability of putting points on the board when he intercepts a pass. When you combine his propensity for creating turnovers with his ability to play in the box and come down quickly and make tackles, one can see why Kaine has offers from the country’s best. 


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FSU recently joined the fray. David Johnson has been Kaine’s main contact so far, and the two have had a relationship since Johnson was at Tennessee.

“Coach offered me at the Tennessee camp last summer, saying he liked what I am able to do,” said Williams. “He’s the coach who offered me at FSU.”

While it is very early in the process, Williams does say he has an early top 6 due to them showing the most interest at this stage in his recruitment. He did say FSU is a program he has followed for a while and that he’s interested in learning more about them.

“I do have 24 offers and my recruitment is still open, but I do have a top 6 right now,” Williams said. “LSU, Texas A&M, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma are the ones showing me the most love at the moment.”

“FSU is a team I have watched since I was in middle school,” Williams continued. “Jimbo was there and it is a great school, too. Every school has their ups and downs but I like their playing style and how they are always on TV.”

Kaine has never been to FSU and he is looking at some upcoming dates. The coaches at FSU have been trying to get him on campus for the next Junior Day but Williams plans on participating in a Rivals Camp the Sunday after.

“I’ve never been (to FSU), but I am waiting for coach to send me some dates for me to go,” Williams said. “They want me to come to their Junior Day but I am going to go to Alabama which is closer to the RIvals camp I am doing the day after. I do have a visit to Florida planned for April 4th.”

Williams shares a lot of traits of the better safeties that have played college ball over the past several seasons. One of his youth coaches compares him to one of FSU’s best.

“Last year I played free safety, and I will keep playing that, but next year I am going to get some time on offense and get the ball in my hands,” Williams explained. “I think it will help me get better at seeing the ball. I can bring the big hits. I do want to get some more film of me bringing pressure. In college, I like Grant Delpit, and my favorite NFL player was Ed Reed. My youth coach told me I remind him of Derwin James.”

Williams stated that there are not any favorites or standouts that have caught his sole focus. He told us that he has intentions to enroll early so a decision will come sooner than later.

“I’m enrolling early so I may commit during my Jamboree in August, or maybe after spring,” Williams said. “I want to get it done, and God forbid, if something happens and I get hurt I will have my spot locked in. It’s going to come down to good academics and playing time.”

As a sophomore, Kaine had 73 tackles and 6 interceptions. As a junior, he had another 50 tackles, 4 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles. 

Stay tuned as we track FSU’s progress with Williams, as well as his upcoming senior season. 


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