"I didn't get offered," he said. "That surprised me a little because my parents thought that was my best performance."
Extra sting came from the fact Williford is on record saying he grew up "rooting for Tennessee."
The absence of a scholarship offer was one of several unsettling developments for Williford, who believes he got the cold shoulder from Vol head coach Phillip Fulmer and offensive line coach Greg Adkins.
"Coach Adkins told me to call him on Monday," Williford said. "I tried calling Monday and again today but he wasn't taking calls. And Coach Fulmer acted like he didn't know me. It was disappointing. He was really friendly the last time I saw him."
Williford said he is "good friends" with Aubrey Phillips, a 6-6, 345-pound lineman from Olive Branch, Miss., who publicly announced for Tennessee on Saturday, adding: "I was happy he committed."
Williford, who also is friends with current Vol offensive lineman Cody Pope, seemed a little bewildered as he discussed his recruitment by telephone from his Dothan home.
Williford said the main things he's looking for in a school are "a good academic support program, prestige and a family atmosphere."
Although the rest of his summer is somewhat uncertain, he said he is "going to make an unofficial visit to LSU and check out the veterinary program."