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FSU LB Karlos Williams shines with opportunity

The five-star recruit bided his time in his first two seasons in Tallahassee before coming on in a big way in the ACC Championship Game.

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Karlos Williams, a 6'1" 230-pound linebacker, was one of the most highly-decorated touted recruits to come to Florida State.

As a result, the five-star recruit came to campus with a lot of expectations. However, with so many talented upperclassmen ahead of him on a talented Seminole defense, he had a hard time making much of an impact in his first two seasons.

He finally got his chance to play in the ACC Championship Game, when senior linebacker Nick Moody went down. In his first taste of real action, the sophomore led the team with 11 tackles and snagged a game-clinching interception to put away Georgia Tech.

Jimbo Fisher, talking to reporters this week, thinks Williams has just scratched the surface (courtesy of

"He's very instinctive," Fisher said. "Very good football player. He's physical. Got very good ball skills. And he played a tremendous game. I mean, the guy is going to be a great player. He's got two years left."

The lifeline of any college program is recruiting, which is why Fisher's ability to bring a five-star recruit who can impact a game like that off the bench is so encouraging.

You can bet there wasn't anyone like Karlos Williams waiting to play on the Yellow Jackets' sideline last week.

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