Bennett Williams (Brandon Huffman)

In The Film Room: Bennett Williams

Illinois landed their first high school commitment from the state of California since 2003 in Bennett Williams. What does the west coast prospect bring to Illinois? Click to find out.

First Impressions:

Williams' always seems to be in the right place at the right time.  He's not flashy, but he does have a knack for making key plays.  He likely projects as a safety instead of corner.

Tale of the Tape:

Williams is an incredibly intelligent football player.  He is able to diagnose plays very quickly and begins making his break on the ball, giving himself an extra step or two.  Because of that, he is able to create opportunities for deflections and interceptions by putting himself in the right place at the right time.  

Williams shows great awareness and body control when the ball is in the air.  He turns his body around and gets his eyes on the football at the right time and allows himself to have a chance to contest or pick off the football.

How He Fits:

Williams has a chance to see action early purely out of need at the safety position.  Taylor Barton has graduated and Illinois will rely primarily on Pat Nelson and Stanley Green at safety for the foreseeable future, but Williams, if he can acclimate, should be able to find his way into the rotation fairly early at free safety.  He may even be able to spend some time at nickel in spot duty.

But more so, Williams is an academic (33 ACT score) and a smart player (Coach's son).  He will be a wise leader in the secondary at Illinois.  The term "quarterback of the defense" comes to mind, and in this case, it could end up being a fitting title.  

With the lack of depth, Williams could compete early, but may need some time to further develop his body.  Will adding 15-20 pounds slow him down and hurt his athleticism?  If he can carry the extra weight, then he could turn out to be one of the bigger steals of this class.

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