'Wes' Of All Trades

Pegging down exactly where Esperanza High School (Anaheim, CA) standout <b>Wesley Williams</b> will help the Vandals the most may be difficult to predict right now. He led his team in receiving, punt return average, kick return average, and was named to the All-County and All-League teams as a DB, as well as an OCRegister Top 25 Prospect.

Slash. You hear the term a lot to describe prospects who excel at more than one position these days. It's also one way to describe Idaho's most recent verbal commitment, Wesley Williams, a 6-0, 180 pound senior out of Esperanza High School and the 19th known member of the class of 2005 (which includes 14 new recruits and 5 grey shirts).

Described by his high school football coach as a "hard worker", his list of school records and career honors are impressive, capped off by being picked by the Orange County Register as one of the Top 25 Area High School Football Recruits for 2005 (an area that includes Mater Dei, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, etc.), along with All County and All League honors.

He's also the the second Vandal in this recruiting class out of Esperanza High, joining JC transfer Ryan Davis, a 6-0, 270 pound defensive tackle who signed with Idaho in December.

A multifaceted athlete, Wes started at H-Back and cornerback for the Esperanza Aztecs, which finished the regular season going 7-3 then went on to beat Colton and powerhouse Mater Dei in the playoffs before falling to Long Beach Poly in the semis.

Offensively for the run-oriented Aztec attack, he gained 352 yards on 37 carries for 4 TDs, averaging 9.2 yards per carry with a long of 38 yards. As a receiver, Wes gained 395 yards on 19 receptions (team leader), averaging 20.8 yards per touch with 7 TDs and a long of 85 yards (school record). As far as career records go at Esperanza, he's #2 all-time in TD receptions (13), and #5 all-time in receiving yards (1,294), and his season mark of 905 receiving yards as a junior ranks him 4th all-time. For a run-oriented team (the Aztecs had TWO 1000 yard rushers this year), Wes' numbers were impressive, including his average of 9 points per game. And to punctuate his speed, in the past 2 seasons he has 10 TDs over 60 yards and 5 over 80 yards.

However, it was at cornerback where Wes earned his biggest accolades in a Sunset League that included traditionally talent-rich Los Alamitos and Edison. The swift cornerback recorded 15 tackles and 2 picks coupled with 4 pass deflections. His speed allowed him to close gaps on receivers and break on the ball, and was instrumental in him earning 1st Team All Sunset League honors and 2nd Team All County recognition as a defensive back.

His impact offensively and defensively for Esperanza is one thing, but it's what he brought to the table on special teams that may be most impressive. Williams was the team's #1 kick returner, gaining 381 yards on 12 returns for a stunning 31.8 yards per return average and 2 TDs (he holds the school record for the longest kick return, 99 yards against Mira Costa in '04, plus his 5 kick returns for TDs is a school record as well). Plus, as the team's #1 punt returner he gained another 232 yards on 9 returns for an equally impressive 25.8 yards per return average and 1 TD.

For all of Wesley's accomplish on the gridiron, it may be the track where he is among the state of California's elite. His accomplishments include the following:

- He has run a 10.9 100 meters. He also ran 21.65 in the 200 meters and 47.66 in the 400 meters.

- He advanced to the Calif. State Finals in the 200 and 400.

- He was county champion in the 200 and 400.

- In the Nike Fastest 40, he placed 2nd with a 4.31.
So what will it be in 2005 for the Orange County speedster? Will it be as a DB where he has been getting the most interest from Idaho? Or will his calling be on offense? Or maybe a special teams demon his first year? Hang on and see!

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