5-10, 220, 4.5
Birmingham (Ala.) Briarwood Christian
School Preferences: Alabama leads Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Michigan
Offers: (written) Alabama and Tennessee
Junior Stats: 173 tackles, 20 tackles for a loss
Bench Press - 315; Power Clean - 265; GPA - 3.0
Comments: terrific high school player... a slasher that can run around you or over you... super hands and blocker...doubles as a receiver at the high school level.
Goals - "Break the 10,000 yards career All-Purpose Mark" - Castille
Misc. - Father (Jeremaih) played for Alabama, Tampa Bay and Denver.
One of the top prospects in the state of Alabama next season is a name we have all been hearing about for some time and the name is Tim Castille and he stars for Briarwood Christian High School in Birmingham, Alabama. If the name rings a bell, his father, Jeremiah, starred for the University of Alabama. He also played for Tampa Bay and Denver in the NFL.
The younger Castille is a versatile high school football player. He plays both running back and wide receiver. So far, he has totaled over 8,100 career all-purpose yards, including 2,750 on the ground and 3,814 through the air (221 receptions).
"Tim has been so good," said Fred Yancy, the Head Coach at Briarwood Christian. "He was an all-state receiver in the 8th grade. We move him around a lot and just try and get him the ball as much as possible. Tim is explosive and knows how to get into the endzone. He is the type of player that can take over a game."
Castille will likely play just running back at the next level but he has already proved he has great hands and is an above average blocker as well.
"I think I am an all-around back," said Castille. "I can run over you or around you. I am not afraid to lower my shoulder."
Castille plans on attending the Nike Camp at Alabama in April. So far, he has unofficially been to Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee. He attended Alabama's junior day and will try to get to Tennessee's junior day. He could not go to Auburn's junior day this past weekend because of a track meet.
"Right now, Alabama is my favorite team. I know them the best and I have been exposed to them the most. I would like to stay close home and find a school that will use my versatility. I have always been a huge Alabama fan. They treat my father so well. I also like Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Michigan."
6-2, 235, 4.7
School Preferences: Georgia leads Auburn, South Carolina, Maryland
Offers: none as of 3/3/02
Junior Stats: 173 tackles, 20 tackles for a loss
Bench Press - 365; Squat - 450; Power Clean - 315; GPA - 3.5; SAT 990
Comments: excellent middle linebacker prospect... super size and stength... good speed... big hitter that flys to the football... plays the run exceptionally well... better when things come his way.
Goals - "Want to break tackle total and do whatever it takes to make team successful." - Williams
Misc. - Gwinnett County Linebacker of the Year; Honorable Mention All-State.
Desmond Williams is a prospect to keep a very close eye on this upcoming recruiting season. The senior to be from Dacula (Ga.) should be one of the most sought after middle linebackers from the Peach State.
"Desmond is a great player, a great person and a great role model," said Dacula Head Coach Kevin Maloof. "He is a powerful player that plays with heart and determination. Desmond runs well and finishes tackles."
Last season as a junior, Williams recorded 173 tackles and 20 tackles for a loss. He finished as the Gwinnett County Linebacker of the Year.
"I think I have good vision," said Williams. "I get to the ball, fill the hole and run sideline to sideline. I want to be a punishing linebacker and make them (the opposition) feel it."
This summer, Williams hopes to attend camps at Georgia, Auburn, South Carolina and Maryland. He will also attend the Nike Camp in Athens later next month.
"Right now, Georgia is my leader. I love coach Richt and his coaching style and philosophy. I am also impressed with Maryland. I really like what they are doing.
"Everyone is showing me a lot of interest, especially in the SEC. I think I can adapt to most defenses. You have to too become a good player. I am also looking at the values of each coaching staff. I like to hear the coaches talk and learn about their philosophies."
Ernie Simms, III |
Running Back/ Linebacker
6-1.5, 225, 4.48
Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian
School Preferences: FSU, Florida, Miami, Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, Southern Cal, LSU, Alabama
Offers: Over two dozen according to his coach
Junior Stats: 164 tackles, 12 sacks, 41 tackles for a loss, 7 caused fumbles, 2 safeties - 82 rushes, 790 yds, 9.6 yds/ carry, 17 TDs
Bench Press - 345; GPA - 3.5
Other Sports - Track; 100 meters - 10.7, 22.00 200 meters; 51.0 400
Summer Camps - wants to attend TN, SO CAL, GA, AU, FSU, MIA
Comments: many coaches felt he was the best player in Florida as a junior... could play on either side of the football at the next level... rare combination of size, speed and power... makes quick reads on defense and gets to the ball... super instincts and feel for the game on both sides of the ball.
Goals - "To rush for 1,500 yards and record 200 tackles" - Simms
Misc. - Mom (Alice) was a 7-time All-American in Track at Florida State and father (Ernie) played fullback at Florida State.
"Ernie Simms is an NFL linebacker in my opinion," said North Florida Christian Head Coach Tim Cokely. "He has great instincts. Ernie reminds me of Derrick Brooks... very fast and quick and makes a lot of plays. Offensively, he has that rare combination of size and speed. He kind of reminds you of Herschel Walker when he was at Georgia. Every college coach I have spoken with has offered him a scholarship including all five Florida schools."
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