What I Learned Watching: Jamyest Williams

POWDER SPRINGS - Matt DeBary takes a look at Archer ATH Jamyest Williams.

Archer athlete Jamyest Williams was ALL OVER the field against North Paulding. The 2017 speedster exceled at running back, cornerback, and on special teams to lead his Tigers over the Wolfpack 49-21. Listed at 5’11, 172 lbs., Williams is not the biggest guy around, but he absolutely stole the show with his 172 yards rushing and five touchdowns.

What really stands out about Williams is his elite quickness and athleticism. He plays all over the field, and is about one or two steps quicker than everyone else.

Many schools around the country are recruiting Williams to play defensive back, but I think he has the ability to carry the ball in college as well. At running back he did a great job of following his massive blocks, and ran extremely tough for a guy his size. He was juking out defenders, as well as running them over. He played on both sides of the ball for most of the game, and did not seem tired at all.

Of the five touchdowns Williams’ scored on the night, his most impressive was a 63 yard scamper at the end of the second quarter. He made an unblocked linebacker look silly at the line of scrimmage with quick juke move, and then used his 4.4 speed to fly down the middle of the field untouched. Two Wolfpack defenders had an angle on him, but Williams beat the angles.

Another touchdown was on a sweep from 8 yards out. Williams followed his block well, and made one defender miss easily at the 2 yard line, enabling him to stroll into the end zone.

A third touchdown was another 8 yard run, but this time it was up the middle. Williams had a giant hole to run through and wasn’t touched until the 4 yard line, where he dragged two defenders with him into the end zone. He showed very good strength for a guy his size. Again, he might be on the small side, but he’s all muscle.

A fourth touchdown came on another impressive run from 25 yards out. Williams ran off the tackle, made a man miss, and darted back to the middle of the field. Teammate E.J Price pushed his man back 15 yards on this particular play, allowing Williams to cut back to the middle of the field. Williams slipped through one tackle at the 10 yard line, and broke another tackle at the 2 yard line to score standing up.

Willaims played very well on defense, but still has things he can improve on. He broke up three passes that I saw, with each pass thrown to North Paulding receiver D.J Owens. I saw him make 4 tackles, one of which was for a three yard loss. ON that particular play, North Paulding ran a little swing pass to the running back to Williams’ side of the field. Williams diagnosed the play quickly, threw his man down to the ground, and put a huge hit on Owens three yards behind the line of scrimmage.

Towards the end of the first half, Williams lost his man in coverage, leading to a wide open touchdown for the Wolfpack. Williams was the boundary corner, and the slot receiver ran a wheel route down the sideline. Williams didn’t pick up the slot receiver going deep, and the receiver was wide open in the end zone.

Williams also dropped an easy interception in the second quarter when the ball bounced off his chest. It would have been a great play, but it was still a play he should have made.

Overall, elite athleticism and quickness is what separated Williams from the rest. He’s also extremely fast, and plays much bigger than his size indicated. I would like to see him catch the ball better, as he dropped an interception and did not play receiver at all during the game. Williams is still a top 100 player for the 2017 class, and definitely a name to know the next couple of years.

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