Army in on shutdown corner from Smyrna

D.J. Williams tells that his recruiting has been picking up lately with strong interest from a number of D-1 programs. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback out of Smyrna, Tenn., was offered by the Black Knights staff back in early May, but Williams says his interest in the program hasn't waned, in fact, he's planning a November visit to West Point.

"In the spring, Coach Saturnio stopped by the high school, then offered me a day later," Williams said. "He said he really likes who I am as a person. He likes my personality. With football, they think I'm a ballhawk with good speed to the ball. They think I can come in and compete at corner and would be an excellent fit in the program.

"I love West Point. It offers a great education, top-level football, and a new coaching staff who have come in looking to win and turn things around. You look at the all-around program and they have everything they need in place to produce a good football team. I'm very interested in serving my country as well. I think it could be fun. The more I learn about it the more I think to myself, 'hey, it doesn't sound that bad'."

In his first game of the new season at Smyrna, Williams was given the duty of covering Quin Jernighan, a Western Kentucky commitment. He had three interceptions in the game including a pick six.

"I feel like I've really stepped up as a leader on the field," Williams said. "When you get to a D-1 college everybody there is very similar in ability so I think that my leadership skills will pay off for me down the road. I'm playing with a whole lot of confidence with four interceptions in two games. I'm focused, dialed-in, making wise football decisions."

After the initial Army offer, Williams received a second offer from Austin Peay State. He says Western Kentucky is looking at him the hardest, but is also hearing from Middle Tennessee State, Toledo, Wofford, and Georgia Southern.

"After academics, I'm looking at a coaching staff I can gel with who'll keep pushing me to get better to reach my full potential," he said. "I'd like to go in and help right away by contributing early on."

Williams attended one-day camps at Western Kentucky, MTSU, and Vanderbilt this summer. He plans on taking an unofficial visit West Point on November 1st for their game with Air Force. Top Stories