"He gets down and dirty."

The Arizona Western defensive tackle, by way of Austrailia, is already enrolled at the University of Alabama. "My strength and my speed are my strong skills." Tide signee Jesse Williams is featured.


Jesse Williams
Scout.com: Four-star Scout.com Rank: No. 3 Defensive Tackle, No. 5 Overall prospect
School: Arizona Western Community College in Yuma, Ariz. Originally from Brisbane, Australia
Projected Position: Nose Tackle
Stats: Played a limited amount of time this past year due to a knew injury. He recorded 46 tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles as a freshman.

Commitment Date: 9/5/2010 Recruiting Competition: Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Southern Cal

Why Alabama: "A great program and tradition, their recent success, and they have great coaches who have invested their time with me and my family in the process.

"Coach Saban taking an active role in my recruitment also meant a lot. They have some great exposure and coaches to help progress to next level."

Strengths/Improvements: Williams bench presses 520 pounds and lists his speed in the low 5.0s. "My strength and my speed are my strong skills," said Williams of his attributes. "But I know I need to get even stronger and faster than I am now. I only been seriously lifting since I was 17, and I know I can get better at that. I'm also working very hard now on my technique and how I'm using my hands.

"I punted and kicked for the teams I played for back home. For Australian players it comes very natural. I played some offensive tackle, tight end and running back, but defensive tackle is the position I play the best. That's the position my coaches back home and at Arizona Western think I would have the most success in, and that appeals to me the most."

Coach Quotes (Arizona Western Head Coach Tom Minnick): "The first year he was here we wanted him to get used to American football and how to practice. Over there they only practice two days a week. Here it's all the time. It was tiresome for him, and he seemed to wear down. He was outstanding in spring ball. We think he's well-adjusted and is just going to keep getting better and better.

"I thought Alabama did an awesome job of recruiting him. They were always on him since day 1. When Coach Saban saw his film they could see the talent there. It's where I thought he'd go for a long time, and he's very excited about the opportunity.

"Jesse's very strong. He can bench over 500 pounds, but he can really run. He goes full-steam sideline-to-sideline chasing people down. He's always around the ball. It's rare to see someone at that size and strength with that kind of athleticism and ability to dominate.

"We saw him at a camp and liked how big he was and how well he moved around. We decided to recruit him to play for us right there.

"He gets down and dirty and just gets after it. We knew with better coaching and conditioning he'd keep getting better, and he hasn't disappointed us."

Richard Stover contributed to this report.

Andrew Bone says: The Alabama coaching staff and fans are hoping Williams will make a similiar impact as former junior college transfer Terrence Cody. Expectations are high, but Williams certainly has the physical tools to become a great interior lineman for the Tide. He is a massive athlete who is strong, powerful and quick off the ball. He is in great shape for his size and still learning the game. He will have to build mental toughness to play in the SEC.
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