Profile: Korey Williams

Louisiana is loaded with guys who could play strong safety or outside linebacker at the college level but the state is not as deep with blue-chip prospects who could play in the middle.

One player who has the physical tools to be an exceptional linebacker either in the middle or on the outside once he makes the leap to the next level is New Orleans-Edna Karr's Korey Williams.

Williams, a 6-1, 220-pounder with 4.5 speed, is quite a physical specimen for a young man that has not even turned 17 years of age. He has uncanny strength for someone his size with a 385-pound bench press mark and he has a vertical jump that has been measured at 34".

Williams' junior campaign was interrupted by Hurricane Katrina but he still had a solid showing with 80 tackles and three interceptions. Those numbers were down a bit from his sophomore season when he tallied 120 total stops and three interceptions with one going for a touchdown.

Williams brings a lot more to the table than just his physical attributes as he is a leader when he steps off the field and already has the grades and test score to qualify academically.

"Korey has great size and speed for the position and he is a very smart player," said Edna Karr head coach Jabbar Juluke. "He is the hardest worker on the team on and off the field."

College coaches are well aware of Williams and what he has to offer as he has picked up early offers from UCLA, Ole Miss, Baylor, Duke and Tulane.

There is a long list of other suitors that include LSU, Texas, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and others.

Williams is scheduled to make the short drive to Baton Rouge on March 4 for LSU's Junior Day and the LSU coaches will get a good opportunity to see if he passes the eye test.

Based on what Juluke had to say about his linebacker that should be a no-brainer.

"Korey has the ability to play as a true freshman and some day he will be playing on Sundays," Juluke said.

By the Numbers: 385-Bench/465-Squat/240-Clean/34" Vertical/2.7 GPA/19 ACT.

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