On Wednesday, several local standouts signed to play college football at some of the premier programs in the country.

Naturally, their soon-to-be head coaches had something to say about their latest additions.

Below is a look at 10 of the area football recruits and what their college head coaches had to say about the players during the coach’s signing day press conferences.

Player: E.J. Williams, wide receiver, Central-Phenix City

247Sports Rating: Four-star (4th-best player in Alabama, 19th-best WR in the nation)

College: Clemson

Coach’s Quote: “E.J. we’ve obviously seen for a while, and he is big time. Probably a little faster than (Justyn) Ross, but those same type of ball skills. He’s a great, great prospect. Just a great relationship with him and a great relationship with his mom (Vontrelle). I just love how he handled the recruiting process.

He’s going to be another one, another great one coming in here and stepping in and hopefully continue to help us continue this great wide receiver tradition.” — Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney

Player: Kristian Story, athlete, Lanett

247Sports Rating: Four-star (9th-best player in Alabama, 6th-best athlete in the nation)

College: Alabama

Coach’s Quote: “I think Kristian actually sees himself at another position and he’s been so productive in so many ways, whether it’s running the ball, throwing touchdown passes, making interceptions on defense. I think this guy is a unique athlete with great character. ... He’s very bright, smart, plays the game very instinctively wherever he plays. ... He’ll determine where he starts out playing.” — Alabama head coach Nick Saban

Player: Eric Shaw, athlete, Reeltown

247Sports Rating: Three-star (17th-best player in Alabama, 16th-best athlete in the nation)

College: South Carolina

Coach’s Quote: “He’s 6-3 or 6-4, about 210 but a guy who is a high jumper over six feet and a high jumper over 20 feet. He’s a very explosive guy, played for the state title this year. Eric and Wanda, his parents, have been great in the process. Matt Johnson is a guy who I’ve known for a long time at Reeltown High School. (Eric) is another explosive athlete who can play defense, can play outside ‘backer and wants to play tight end, and that’s what we’re going to play him as. He’s a guy who’s got a big frame and is a really good athlete that we’re excited about.” — South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp

Player: Omari Porter, cornerback, Auburn High

247Sports Rating: Three-star (22nd-best player in Alabama, 38th-best cornerback in the nation)

College: Stanford

Coach’s Quote: “Defensive-back wise, you can’t have enough defensive backs in this conference. The spread teams throw the ball up in the air a lot, but bottom line is they’ve also got to be good tacklers. We think we’ve got athleticism and length in our secondary that we’re bringing in this class both at the corner and safety position. There’s some versatility, but we got physical guys that can tackle in space as well as have good ball skills to do some special things.” — Stanford head coach David Shaw

Player: Joshua Jones, offensive tackle, Central-Phenix Cicty

247Sports Rating: Three-star (34th-best player in Alabama, 69th-best offensive tackle in the nation)

College: Kentucky

Coach’s Quote: “It’s a really good class when you look at (the trenches), when you look at the o-line and d-line. Offensive line with five guys, and five quality players there. ... We needed some tackles, and we felt like we hit that need. Definitely four of the guys are prototypical tackles.” — Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops

Player: Jaylen Stinson, athlete, Opelika

247Sports Rating: Three-star (38th-best player in Alabama, 67th-best athlete in the nation)

College: Duke

Coach’s Quote: “Jaylen Stinson is a great return man — and there will be others. Jontavious (Robertson) is dynamic with the ball. Malik (Bowen) is a big guy, but dynamic with the ball. Isaiah Fisher-Smith, all of those guys are really dynamic return men. One of the things that I know coach (Johnny) Majors used to talk about it — when you find a guy who returns both punts and kicks for his high school team, his coach thinks he’s the best player on the team. Think about that — skill-wise, anyway.” — Duke head coach David Cutcliffe

Player: Tucker Melton, quarterback, Central-Phenix City

247 Rating: Three-star (46th-best player in Alabama, 42th-best pro-style quarterback in the nation)

College: Bowling Green

Coach’s Quote: “Typically, we would like to take only one per class, but we’re in a situation where Matt McDonald is the only scholarship quarterback right now. You add the two freshman quarterbacks, which is extremely valuable. Having Tucker Melton come in here in January is absolutely imperative to our football team. To be quite honest with you, if it was possible I would have loved to take three because our numbers are down at that position ... It’s going to be exciting to watch these two young guys compete, and it’s going to be exciting to watch these two young guys push Matt.” — Bowling Green head coach Scot Loeffler

Player: Terrell Gordon, safety, Central-Phenix City

247Sports Rating: Three-star (54th-best player in Alabama, 100th-best safety in the nation)

College: Georgia State

Coach’s Quote: “He’s going to definitely be on the defensive side of the ball. He’s going to be an outside linebacker, more of that strong safety type. We’re going to get him on campus, but he’s definitely on the defensive side of the ball.” — Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott

Player: Mason Cook, offensive guard, Central-Phenix City

247Sports Rating: Three-star (101st-best player in Alabama, 170th-best offensive guard in the nation)

College: Georgia State

Coach’s Quote: “On the offensive line, you’ve got five critical positions. They’re a team within a team, so you really have to have that. I think every year that’s got to be one of your focuses, at the line of scrimmage. ... We were a little bit lacking on the offensive line, so we had to push those numbers back up of course to get the balance. We did that. If you look at those guys, they’re athletic. They can move. They’ve got good strength and size, but they have the athleticism to do a lot of things.” — Georgia State head coach Shawn Eliott

Player: James Dawson, offensive guard, Opelika

247Sports Rating: N/A

College: Kennesaw State

Coach’s Quote: “James is an outstanding offensive lineman who has a tremendous understanding of leverage. He’s a dominating run-blocker and an athletic pass-protector. He moves his feet really well and does a tremendous job of finishing blocks. We’re really excited to have James a part of the Owl family.” — Kennesaw State offensive coordinator Grant Chesnut

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