Amaree Williams sitting on chair in Doak.

FSU adds blue-chip edge defender to Tribe 24

Florida State has just landed another big-time commitment, locking in the talents of four-star edge rusher Amaree Williams for their 2024 class. The announcement came during a ceremony in South Florida when William pulled up in rather impressive style on a large boat.

Even more impressive is that Williams had already sealed the deal with Florida State in December, keeping it under wraps until now. This was a huge win on the recruiting trail for FSU as Williams was a highly coveted recruit with over 35 offers including many of the top-tier programs in the country.

Standing tall at 6-foot-4 and weighing in at 215 pounds, Williams is set to bring his explosive skills to the Seminoles from The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach. Notably, he reclassified from the 2025 class to the 2024 recruiting class and was still on the verge of being a top 200 recruit. (#207 in the 247 Composite and the #6 ATH). When he was still part of the 2025 cycle, Williams was a top 30 recruit in the nation and considered one of the best athletes in the class.

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Williams showcased his versatility by contributing on both sides of the ball for The Benjamin School, displaying prowess on defense and offense. In the 2023 season, he racked up an impressive 34 tackles, including 8 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and an interception. On the offensive end, he caught 16 passes for 424 yards and 7 touchdowns, proving he’s a force to be reckoned with wherever he lines up, but FSU is taking him as an edge player on the defensive line.

Being that Willams already reclassified, I don’t expect him to contribute a lot as a true freshman, especially with FSU already adding a pair of edge players from the portal. However, getting him in the class and having a year of development under his belt will by next season will allow him to contribute in the coming years. At 215 pounds, he’ll need to add some mass and continue to hone his skill set, but he has all the tools you could ask for to work with, hence why so many top-tier programs were after his commitment.

Here is the scouting Report from his 247-recruiting profile.

A two-way, mid-skill athlete with an impressive multi-sport background and NFL bloodlines. Gets the job done as a jumbo wide receiver and could transition to a move tight end at the next level, but the ceiling looks to be highest as a 3-4 linebacker that can rush the passer in some situations and drop back into coverage in others.

Fluid in space and oftentimes aware of his surroundings. Quick to close gaps and has flashed the ability to dip and bend when asked to attack the corner, although he will need to learn the true art of hand-to-hand combat if he’s going to be deployed as a full-time edge player on Saturdays. As a pass catcher, can play above shoulder pads while fighting for ground. More notably, can evade defenders with the ball in his hands.

Will eventually need to settle on a position and fine-tune his craft, but rare athletic traits suggest that he will be able to make an impact somewhere at the Power Five level. The biggest question mark at this stage appears to be long-term growth potential as he’s believed to be hovering somewhere around 6-foot-4, 215 pounds midway through his junior campaign – and his ability to add or not add mass will likely dictate where he lines up.

The NFL bloodline mentioned comes from his father Moe Williams, a standout running back for Kentucky and a third-round pick in the 1996 NFL Draft. Williams Sr. put together a decade-long career in the NFL after a stellar college run.

Amaree Williams gives Tribe 24 its fifteenth blue-chip recruit and puts their blue-chip ratio at an Impressive 65.2%. When you factor in the Transfer Class, FSU has now added a whopping 25 blue-chip players to the roster in the 2024 cycle. The future continues to get brighter in Tallahassee, and we are thrilled to welcome Amaree Williams to Nole Nation. Thanks for reading and Go Noles!!

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