The next group might benefit from an exciting, steady middle linebacker presence. At NU camp at Trienens Hall on Monday, Reagan Williams tried to leave his impression. The 2015 Jackson (Ohio) prospect worked with defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz throughout drills.
"There was a lot of good teaching," Williams said. "I got to see the campus and some good competition."
In the small camp setting, Williams excelled in change-of-direction drills—essential for any solid linebackers. He also benefited from the "one-on-one attention" that coaches gave players during the three-hour session.
Most importantly, Williams said he learned more about the coaches. They communicated their vision of the program and the team's overall emphasis on athleticism.
"I like the intensity of the coaching staff," Williams said. "They like being the best conditioned program in the country, and I'm interested in hard work."
Players certainly work hard in these camps. Coaches run them through tag drills and intense footwork sessions. They focus strongly on mechanics; the little things separate the top prospects. Williams began to look the part, and should be hearing more from the coaching staff in the next few months.
Williams' recruitment gained momentum this past week. Some MAC schools gave him offers, and some top-tier schools are beginning to show interest as well.
"I got offers from Kent State and Ohio University," he said. "I'm trying to build on that and keep them coming."
His versatility could be an attractive quality to this staff. While some coaches view him as the conventional middle-linebacker type, others see a potential defensive end.
With the 12th of 15 commits already in the books for Northwestern, it's nearing time to focus on the 2015 class. In these camps, guys like Williams try to gain attention. This program is becoming a worthwhile investment.