One of the top overall performers at this past weekend's ETSN.fm + APEC East Texas Combine was Nacogdoches (Texas) 2018 safety DaRyan Williams, a physical prospect who's played a lot of outside linebacker in high school.
The 5-foot-11, 199-pound Williams earned overall Defensive MVP as he ran a 4.47 40 on APEC Training Facility's electronic system, as well as a 4.34 shuttle. Williams also recorded the event's best broad jump, an impressive 10-foot, 8-inch leap, while bench-pressing 185 pounds 17 times.
Williams' 36-inch vertical was also a combine-best of the almost 100 participants, while his wattage output of 3,546 on the Kaiser squat -- which measures explosion -- was second only to LSU four-star offensive lineman pledge Chasen Hines, a 6-foot-3, 350-pound mammoth.
That combine performance should help increase Williams' visibility on the recruiting trail. Earlier in May, he picked up his first offer Division I offer from FCS-level Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He also got a D-II offer earlier this spring from Northeastern State.
But FBS programs have taken notice lately, Williams said.
Williams said he's been in touch with ULL defensive coordinator Mike Lucas and Memphis outside linebackers coach Joe Lorig.
"They're telling me they like my film and they wish I could come to a camp so they could offer me. That's what Memphis said," Williams said. "I'm gonna go to the SFA camp where the University of Memphis coaches will be there, and I'm gonna try to go to Texas A&M June 4."
Williams said the schools recruiting him like him as a "nickelback type of player, a low safety." That fits his style, as Williams is a sure-tackling prospect who has spent the majority of his snaps in the box. He can pursue sideline to sideline and possesses great straight-line speed. Williams' natural athleticism suggests he should be able to become a well-rounded player at the next level.
"I'm trying to get better at coverage, breaking down the receiver when it's time for it," Williams said. "I think I'm pretty good with my hands. I'm good at tackling and I'm good at catching. And I'm good at changing direction."