Dayton LB Looking At Cincy

Bearcat Insider continues its look at the considerable talent returning to Trotwood-Madison High School for the 2007 season. In this report, we talk to a versatile Division IA prospect at outside linebacker that has interest in the Bearcats.

Trotwood-Madison High School was well represented at Cincinnati's Junior Day last month.  As we've reported previously, six Ram players and two assistant coaches unofficially visited Cincinnati in mid-February.  One of those athletes was Jamiihr Williams, a recent transfer from Lima Senior High School.  Williams said he stands 6' 2.5" and weighs 229 pounds with 4.6 to 4.7 forty-yard-dash speed.  Like the others on the visit, Jamiihr was impressed with what he saw at Cincinnati.  "I liked Cincinnati's facilities, and I really liked the weight room.  I also liked the atmosphere and the coaches."


Williams transferred to Trotwood-Madison High School this winter from Lima Senior.  He had been a three year starter for the Spartans but wanted a change of scenery for his senior season.  He also considered moving to Cleveland to play at Glenville High School and Ted Ginn Sr.  Williams described what he believes makes him a valuable commodity for the Rams next season.  "My size and speed allow me to make plays all over the field."


Jamiihr gave a thumbnail sketch of his impressive career at Lima Senior.  "I played safety my freshman year and got moved up to linebacker my sophomore year.  I made all-conference that year.  My junior year I had an injury but played in five games with 57 tackles, 7 sacks, 13 tackles for loss and 3 forced fumbles.  I think my injury kept me from getting all-conference."  Jamiihr's injury was a high ankle sprain.  He played in the first four games of the year and returned for the last game of the season.


His ability to pressure the passer makes him an interesting prospect to many although he doesn't figure to get much taller.  "My dad is only about 5' 10", but I had an uncle about 6' 2".  There's a slim chance I'll grow any more."  Jamiihr said his passing rushing ability has attracted some schools, but not everyone sees him as a linebacker in college.  "Ohio State was looking at me as a "leo" linebacker coming off the edge like (Bobby) Carpenter played, but other schools see me as a safety because my speed is so good."  Williams prefers to stay put.  "I'd like to play outside linebacker and rush."  Although he didn't mention the possibility, by adding a few more pounds, Jamiihr could also project as a defensive end in the right defense. 


This talented and versatile athlete is getting plenty of attention from college recruiters across the country.  "Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, and most of the Big 10 schools are all recruiting me.  Also Florida State, Colorado, Oregon and a lot of other places."  These contacts haven't all been in the form of letters.  "I'm getting text messages from Coach Fulmer at Tennessee and Coach DeBord (offensive coordinator) at Michigan.  They've been inviting me to spring practices and junior days."  Since Cincinnati's junior day, Jamiihr has not heard from the Bearcats. 


Playing college football is not new to the Williams' family.  "I had an uncle that played linebacker for Ole Miss, and I had two cousins that played college football.  One played fullback at West Virginia, and the other played corner for Purdue and Bowling Green.  He transferred."


Even though he's not known his new Trotwood teammates for long, they have discussed going to the same college.  "We've gotten really close really quickly, and on the ride back from Cincinnati, we did talk about how we'd all like to go to the same school."


While on the visit in Clifton, Jamiihr got some individual attention from a couple of Cincinnati's coaches.  "I talked to the defensive coordinator (Joe Tresey) and the linebacker coach (Tim Hinton) for a while.  I hadn't been able to get my game film from Lima Senior.  I'm just now getting it and getting it out to them." 


Academically, Jamiihr looks to be on solid footing.  "I have a 2.9 GPA and have already taken the ACT and scored an 18.  I'm already qualified, but I want to take the ACT again to see if I can do better."


This spring Jamiihr is considering participation in both track and baseball.  He thought he'd probably long jump in track, and he‘s been a shortstop in baseball but could also play the outfield.


Williams said he has legitimate interest in attending Cincinnati and could follow-up his visit on Junior Day with future visits to Bearcats games and/or spring practices.  He went on to say, "I like Cincinnati because it's so close, and I like the city.  I could see myself going there."


This summer Jamiihr said the Trotwood  staff was considering having a bus tour of college campuses, similar to what Coach Ginn does at Glenville High School.  If that tour does materialize, Williams will likely take part. 

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