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Broncos' Williams commits to 'Bama

Kellen Williams grew up an Alabama football fan.

So when the Tide offered Williams a scholarship on Wednesday, it didn't take him long to accept.

The Brookwood offensive lineman committed to Nick Saban's program on Thursday afternoon, choosing the Tide over several ACC and SEC programs.

"I've been a huge Alabama fan since I was little kid," Williams said. "I always dreamed of one day playing in Bryant-Denny Stadium."

Williams joins Peachtree Ridge's Kevin Minter as the only rising seniors from Gwinnett County to make early football commitments. Minter committed to LSU earlier this month.

Williams was offered a scholarship, his 10th from a major Division I school, on Wednesday and it took him less than 24 hours to make his choice.

"I wasn't planning on committing this early, but Alabama was at the top of my list," Williams said. "Once they offered me, I had to commit. That's where my heart is at."

As a junior, the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Williams helped pave the way for Brookwood running back Kenny Miles as he rushed for 2,544 yards, the ninth-best in Georgia history.

"He was the only junior starting on the offensive line for us last year," Brookwood coach Mark Crews said. "He started out like you might expect as a novice and he grew and got better as the season went on. He's got a lot of God-given ability and he works really hard."

Williams had offers from 10 Division I schools, including Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Florida State, N.C. State and Wake Forest.

Williams said he grew up watching SEC football, particularly the University of Alabama. He went to his first game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., when he was 11 and by the time he was 15, his parents had season tickets.

"I'm excited about playing for Coach Saban and winning a national championship," he said.

Williams is Alabama's second commitment for the 2009 signing class, joining defensive tackle D.J. Fluker from Foley, Ala.