Profile: LA athlete John Williams

Breaux Bridge High School has been very kind to the LSU football program over the years.

It seems like every time Breaux Bridge head coach Mike Mowad has a high-profile recruit he ends up signing with the Tigers.

Les Miles hopes that trend continues this year because Breaux Bridge has one of the most exciting playmakers in the South in quarterback/free safety John Williams (5-11, 175, 4.5).

Williams is a true two-way star who earned first team all-state honors on both sides of the ball. He earned a spot on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association's team as an athlete and the LFCA rewarded him with a selection to its team as a defensive back.

Breaux Bridge fans got a big treat out of watching Williams play last year as he rushed for 967 yards and 15 touchdowns, and passed for another 901 yards and eight more scores to lead the Tigers' offense.

When the defense took the field Williams was also there to provide the spark as he picked off eight passes with one going all the way back for six and added 96 total tackles.

As if that was not enough, the jack-of-all trades returned 19 kicks for 627 yards and two touchdowns.

Williams is getting recruited as an athlete by just about all of the schools that are after him and at this point he is not real worried about what side of the ball he ends up on.

"I like offense a lot because I like the ball in my hands," Williams told Tiger Rag. "But, I'm the type of player who will do whatever the team needs me to do. If they need me to play in the secondary then I'll play DB."

Williams may not care if he plays offense or defense at the next level but all it takes is a couple of glimpses of him with the ball in his hands to know that he could have a bright future as a slot receiver and return man.

"I'm not the fastest guy in the world but I have good quickness," Williams said. "I guess you could say I'm real shifty and I'm able to change directions real fast. There may be some guys faster than me but if I get out in front of someone they are not going to catch me."

That is a pretty strong statement for someone to make but before anyone starts to think that Williams likes to brag then think again.

"I hate it when people start to brag or showboat," he said. "The way I look at it is if you have to brag then you're not much. I don't do any talking. I just let my actions do my talking."

Williams' actions over the past two years have not gone unnoticed and he is starting to enjoy the benefits of his success.

"Ole Miss gave me a formal offer and then someone from LSU came by last week to invite me to junior day," said Williams. "I've been getting a lot of mail from Auburn, Michigan, Notre Dame and a bunch of others too. They all want me to go to their junior day and want film."

Williams has a lot of family ties to one certain school and he is not shy about saying who his favorite is.

"I'm leaning to LSU," he said. "My cousin Domanick (Davis) went there and then I have two more cousins there (Jessie Daniels and Jonathan Zenon). When Domanick was there I really got to experience the whole LSU atmosphere and it was amazing. LSU is my No. 1 choice out of all of the schools I like."

Williams said he is close to Davis and the former LSU running back has taken him under his wing.

"He (Domanick) is in town right now and we've been hanging out," said Williams. "He always talks to me about what I'd be getting if I went to LSU regarding football and life outside of football. He is a good role model."

By the Numbers: 250-Bench/450-Squat/265-Clean/3.3 GPA/No test score.

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