Big, Fast Defensive Back Likes Tigers

Finding coverage corners is always a high priority.

Columbus, Ga.--Perhaps the most difficult position to fill for college football teams these days is the cornerback spot. With today's bigger, faster receivers, it takes a special athlete to handle all the responsibilities that defensive coaches require at the position.

One player who has all the credentials to apply for the job is Shaw (Columbus, Ga.) High School standout Brandon Williams

Brandon Williams (4) plays defense earlier this season in a 34-7 victory over Central of Phenix City, Ala.

A leader on one of the top teams in Georgia high school football, Williams uses his combination of size and speed to shut down opposing receivers almost at will. At 6-1, 195 with 4.4 speed in the40-yard dash, Williams is the prototypical cornerback by today's standards. That knowledge has college coaches trying very hard to get the attention of perhaps the top cornerback in the Peach State this year. However, Williams says he's focusing his attention on just one school at the moment.

"My favorite college overall would be Auburn," he told Inside the Auburn Tigers when asked which schools he was considering. A visitor to a summer camp and several scrimmages already this fall, Williams has proven that his interest in the Tigers is just more than a fleeting romance. It could become a full-fledged love affair very soon.

Through three games this season, Williams has accounted for 25 tackles, most of which occur in just a half of football because of the dominance of the Raiders to this point in the season. He noted that his best game of the year came against rival Central High School of Phenix City. In just over a half of action, Williams had 10 tackles as Shaw destroyed a team that two weeks later defeated the heralded Opelika Bulldogs in a key regional contest in Phenix City.

Brandon Williams (4) was a standout at an Auburn football camp.

Although the game was important for Williams because of the way he played, it took on even more meaning for him because Central is his old school. Playing football for the Red Devils every year until his senior season, Williams says the game was extra special because of the time he got to spend with former teammates and coaches from Central. A starter there for two seasons before leaving for Shaw, Williams had 52 tackles and one interception as a junior. You could already tell that teams had learned to keep the ball away from his side of the field when passing. His best game came against those same Opelika Bulldogs as he totaled 11 tackles and two sacks in a narrow loss.

Like Auburn freshman and Shaw alum Antarrious Williams before him, Williams is also a standout on the track. Running the 100 meters, 4x100 meters and competing in the long jump, the versatile Williams has proven that he has what it takes to make it on the field as well as on the track. However, make no mistake, football is where his future lies.

Trying to repeat as state champions isn't usually easy but don't tell that to the Shaw Raiders. With more than a dozen players who are being recruited by colleges this team is favored to repeat its perfect season from a year ago. While he wasn't a part of it, Williams did play that Shaw team and says this one can hold it's own with anybody. "I think we're better than we were last year," he notes. "We just go out and practice hard every day and we've just got great coaches."

If they are truly better, teams in Georgia better look out because here they come with Williams leading the charge.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Shaw's other starting cornerback, Troy Bergeron, is being recruited by the Georgia Bulldogs...Columbus high school football has struggled in recent years at the state-wide level, but Shaw is putting Georgia's second largest city back on the football map. "We were mostly just known for our baseball players," Williams points out. The Shaw senior credits Coach Charles Flowers with the being the catalyst for the football renaissance at the high school on the north side of Columbus...Although most opponents don't bother to challenge him, Williams is hoping to see enough action to reach a personal goal of five interceptions this fall...Williams normally just plays defense, but has just started getting some work at tailback on offense to add an extra dimension to the Raiders as they try to defend their state title.

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