Who: Jordan Williams
High School: Champaign (IL) Centennial
Current Height/Weight: 6-4 235
Current Position: DE
Other Offers: North Dakota
Analysis: Even now, 2 months after signing day, we are not sure how Jordan Williams was not more heavily recruited. Ball State is certainly lucky to have a player of his size and skill set that comes to the program almost ready to play from the outset. Williams is long (6-4) and lean despite already being 235-240. He has long arms and uses them well to knock down passes and also shed and get leverage on opposing offensive linemen. With his ability as a standout TE, Williams is capable of making plays thanks to his solid ball skills. He is not only able to bat down passes, but also get INTs off of deflections. Williams has a high motor and speed to chase down plays from behind and get to QBs that are rolling away from his side of the field. Williams is strong at the point of attack and capable of holding the edge against the run and will only get better at this as he progresses in the strength program at Ball State.
Outlook: We make no bones about this one. Williams is one of our favorites in the class, especially since he went largely unnoticed and under-recruited. Williams has all the tools and athleticism to be an amazing all-around DE for the Ball State defense and should see time from day one if he comes in ready to compete and work hard. Williams has a great frame, but until he gets up to where he will be in the future (250 range) we suspect he will be used mainly for his pass rushing skills. Once he grows and fills out, look out MAC.