'12 Intro: Northside LB Gaston Williams

Louisiana Tech signed Northside DT Tyler Porter this year and the Bulldogs will be keeping an eye on the Vikings' top junior prospects, one of which is Gaston Williams. Read further to find out more about Williams. What does Porter have to say about the junior linebacker? Find out here.

"My strengths as a player are reading and coming off blocks," said Gaston Williams, the junior inside linebacker from Northside HS (Lafayette, La.). "I'm good at fending off blocking backs and offensive linemen on running plays. I need to improve on my first-step when blitzing and my drops in pass coverage."

Last year, Williams put up excellent numbers for the Class 4A Vikings.

"I had 110 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, five sacks, five forced fumbles, and an interception," said Williams, who helped Northside to a 10-3 season that included a berth in the quarterfinals. "I'm 6-0, 202 pounds, and I run a 4.6. I'd like to hear from Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, Tulsa, Northwestern State, Southern, and Texas A&M."

Earlier this month, Louisiana Tech signed Northside DT Tyler Porter. What does the future Bulldog say about his former teammate?

"Williams is around 6-1, 200 pounds, and I'd say he runs a 4.6," said Porter. "He played a little as a sophomore and then took a starting role last year. He had a pretty good year. At times, he could be more physical.

"It's mainly technical stuff that he needs to work on. For example, Westgate's (RB) Brandon Malveaux got the best of him a couple of times last year when Gaston didn't get low enough. He's a good one, though. He can recognize and call out plays, which is something a lot of linebackers struggle to do. He reminds me some of (McNeese LB) Joe Narcisse, although Narcisse is more physical at this point."

Williams predicts that Northside will be strong along the back seven of its defense in 2011.

"We have to find people to try and fill the shoes of Tyler Porter, Brandon Murray, and Jordan Montgomery," said Williams. "We won't be as strong on the defensive line."

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