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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.