Josh Williams is making his case

Louisville Male High School athlete Josh Williams is quietly having a season worthy of Division I attention. As evidenced by his performance on Friday night against Ballard, the speedy 6'0, 180-pound senior is a threat to score whenever the ball is in his hands

It's not often that one can find a 'hidden gem' prospect tucked away at a school that features one of the state's top-rated players, but such is the case with Louisville Male wide receiver Josh Williams.

Despite the presence of four-star athlete Doug Beaumont on his team, the 6-foot, 180-pound Williams, who may have the best hands on the Bulldog squad, has attracted very little college interest.

"He has great hands," Beaumont said of his teammate. "He catches anything thrown his way."

He did just that in his last outing against Ballard, a 41-14 win. Williams, who has 4.4 type speed, raced past defenders for two big scores, with the longest going for 83 yards.

"I'm fast and have real good hands," said Williams "I believe that concentration is key to everything and without that you can't catch the ball."

Williams had 147 receiving yards
against Ballard on Friday night
In addition to his 3 catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns, Williams was moved to the backfield when Beaumont went to the sideline with an ankle injury midway through the third quarter and performed well.

"I go 100% whenever I'm out there," he said. "I believe that if I go out and always give good effort that I am going to keep getting better."

Coming out of the backfield, Williams proved to be more than just good hands and quickness. He also has the ability to make defenders miss, even if it means leaping over a diving would-be tackler. Against Ballard he added 41 yards on 6 carries and scored on a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter.

"People need to start waking up and looking at this guy," said Male head coach Bob Redman following his team's fourth win of the year. "He's a tremendous athlete - he can do anything. He can pick up the ball and run it 60 yards, he can throw it 60 yards, he's just an all-around athlete."

Redman also believes that it won't be much longer until Williams grabs the eyes of college recruiters.

"This kid is a great football player and he's starting to show that for us," Redman said. "I think he's a a Division I athlete for sure."

Williams currently leads the top ranked team in Class 4A in receiving with 514 yards and has seven touchdowns on the season.

Oh, and one more thing about Williams. He's also the team's punter. "I punt the ball 40 to 45 yards."

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