At The Combine: Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams made a a very good first impression when he stepped onto the Alabama practice fields for the Combine last Saturday. The B.C. Rain star defensive back was late arriving and had to hustle to the field to begin drills. But he showed no stiffness from the four-hour drive from Mobile.

Running into a brisk wind just a short while after arriving in Tuscaloosa, Ryan Williams stepped up and turned in a 4.56-second 40-yard dash. That got the attention of observers, including Scout Recruiting Expert Scott Kennedy, who was handling the test.

Williams had shown Kennedy and other Scout personnel his stuff a few months earlier in San Antonio at the Scout Combine associated with the U.S. Army All-American Game. There the 5-11, 185-pound cornerback had posted a 4.48 clocking in the 40.

"San Antonio was fun," Williams said.

And he also enjoyed the Tuscaloosa Combine. "There's nothing likke seeing the best in your state and having the chance to show your stuff with them," Williams said.

Williams was on the Alabama football practice fields last Saturday for the Combine, one of a handful of such premier events across the nation this year. College coaches from throughout the South (including Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula) were on hand to watch some 250 high school players go through their paces.

Williams did very well in tests and in the skill portion of the event as defensive backs went one-on-one against receivers. It is no surprise. Williams will be one of the top prospects in the state this year, and he's one of a handful of very good players on what should be an outstanding B.C. Rain team. "We have a lot of good players," he said, nodding towards defensive back teammate Elliott McGaskin as an example.

Williams said he will probably wait until the end of his senior football season to make a college decision. In addition to Alabama, he is interested in Florida, Auburn, Georgia Tech and Louisville in the South, and will also listen to the likes of Southern Cal, Texas, Michigan and Ohio State.

Alabama and LSU were his favorite teams growing up. He attended Alabama's A-Day Game. "I enjoyed it," he said. "Alabama has everything I'm looking for. The facilities, the education, and the football tradition are all great."

Williams will be starting for the third straight year at B.C. Rain this fall. Last year he played both wide receiver and cornerback. On offense he had 10 catches for 300 yards. But it is on defense that he expects to play in college. Last year he was in on 50 tackles and had four interceptions. He could also be a kick return man.

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