CoachSpeak: Roth on Williams

The Raiders of Rummel High School won their first state championship this past season thanks in large part to the play of senior signal caller Damian Williams. Williams committed to Mississippi State after his official visit to Starkville this weekend. Coach Jay Roth believes the Bulldogs are getting a fine football player and a quality young man.

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"You know when you have a guy who has played for you for four years, you just know you can count on him," said Roth. "He was a good leader for us and he's just gotten better every year."

Archbishop Rummel runs a spread option offense. Coach Roth believes that the foundation Williams has in that offensive scheme will serve him well once he enrolls at Mississippi State and begins to learn Dan Mullen's offense.

"We run a lot of zone read stuff and Damian is good at all of that," said Roth. "He is one of the best football players I have had in 27 years of coaching.

"He is a team first kind of guy and he works real hard to help the team.

"He is a very good runner and he runs hard.

"We're all real proud for him to have the chance to go play in the SEC.

"It means a lot for us to know that an Archbishop Rummel football player is going to Mississippi State like any of the players that have gone on to play in college."

Williams camped at Mississippi State this summer, but the Bulldogs did not re-enter the recruiting process until a few days ago.

"I tell you all of this happened so fast," said Roth. "We got a call Thursday night and he was on a plane up there on Friday.

"He flew in last night and came right to our banquet.

"All of this has happened so fast, that I haven't even had the chance to talk to him about the visit or anything."

Coach Roth reports that in addition to being a winning quarterback that Williams is a winner off the field as well.

"I tell you he's a real low key guy off the field," said Roth. "He is well mannered, a real Yes, sir, No sir kind of guy.

"He is well liked and real laid back. He's just a great kid.

"After we won the state championship, Damian was walking off the field with my 7 year old son and another coach's son.

"He is just real good with people and he knows what he is supposed to do."


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