Texas LB among talented pack

Linebacker Paul Williams of Tyler, Texas, could be considered the biggest diamond in the rough in Texas this year. He had a great junior season at Lee High School, but his team will be loaded again this coming season and he could get over-shadowed by some other super stars.

On a Lee team boasting national recruits like defensive end Justin Warren, quarterback Matt Flynn and offensive tackle John MaHaffey, Williams (6-2, 205, 4.5) may find grabbing headlines a challenge. But recruiters will be more interested in his production rather than his publicity.


Williams is an unbelievable physical specimen who lives in the weight room when he is not at home or school. He bench-presses 350 pounds and also has a 32-inch vertical jump to his credit.


"Right now, I like Texas, LSU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, and Baylor," says Williams "and I will be going to summer football camps Texas A&M, Texas, and LSU."


The 2001 season was a great one for linebackers in District 12-5A last year with Division I signees Marvin Byrdsong of Longview (Mississippi State), and Fletcher Session (Texas Tech) and Paggitt McGee (Oklahoma State) of Tyler High. Byrdsong and Session made the all-district first team while McGee and Williams were chosen to the second team.


As a junior, Williams had 57 solo tackles, 41 assists, three sacks, and recovered four fumbles. On film, he is relentless to the ball and hustles on every play.

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