Mike's Take: Elite DB commitment

The Hurricanes landed a commitment this week from an elite defensive back prospect. Read on for a complete analysis of it from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Avantae Williams committed to Miami on Wednesday night, just a couple hours after his cousin (5-star RB Lorenzo Lingard) pledged to the Canes.

What to like: Just a freshman, Williams is an impressive young prospect. At 6-feet and 175 pounds, Williams has experience playing both cornerback and safety at Deland High. He has ideal size for a cornerback prospect already and figures to only get bigger. It's easy to project him as a 6-foot-2, 190 pound kid in a few years when it's time for him to enter college. He has excellent feet, speed, quickness, and overall athleticism. He also brings a physical style of play that makes you think he could end up growing into a college safety prospect down the road. He's very mature for his age and has all the looks of what will be a big time defensive back prospect down the road.

What may concern you: He's just a freshman so a lot of things can happen, especially with his commitment. In terms of evaluating him at his age, it's hard to find any faults in his game that could limit him on the field or as a prospect. It is, however, a long way until he actually enrolls into college. Will he stay motivated to be the best now that he's committed at such an early age? Will he keep growing and eventually outgrow the DB position completely? Those are just some of the question marks that are associated with taking a commitment at such a young age.

Bottom Line: Lingard was first and Williams followed, becoming Miami's first commitment in the 2020 class. Miami offered him back in September and he's been on campus for an unofficial visit already. Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina were some of his other offers so he is already being recruited like one of the elite players in the 2020 class all across the country. It's often hard to keep freshman commitments because of how much can change over the course of the next three years but one thing that would work heavily in Miami's favor in terms of keeping him committed is if Lingard actually signs with the Canes. Either way, Williams is an elite 2020 prospect and is solidly committed to Miami now.


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