Minnesota Interested in Linebacker Williams

Middle Linebacker Josh Williams has an offer from Marshall and has received interest from Minnesota, Florida State, the University of Miami, South Alabama, and UCF. The Dillard (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) field general spoke about his busy summer.

"I went to the Miami camp, and I'm leaving for FSU [July 17]," he said.

Williams felt he performed well at the University of Miami's camp, but wishes camps could be full-contact in order for him to showcase his love of hitting.

"That's how it is," he said. "I can cover, but linebackers, we're normally hitting."

After an offensive player catches the ball, defenders must let them continue on their path during non-padded camps.

"People on offense are just catching the ball and running," he said. "I'm just like…that's kind of crazy."

However, coaches were able to take note of his greatest asset.

"My speed. I can cover ground," he said.

Williams' speed comes in handy, as his team toggles back and forth from a 3-4 and a 4-3 defense.

"I'm versatile," he said. "I come off the edge and am in the box."

Williams prefers to use his speed to close gaps quickly and knock running backs around, but feels he has taken his coverage skills to the next level because of the work he put in with 7-on-7 competitions.

"I feel comfortable now in coverage," he said. "Last year I didn't know anything about that."

Williams spoke with Gopher linebacker coach Bill Miller recently and said although Minnesota has yet to make an offer, they are very interested.

"They will be down for my first two games," he said. "They said I've been playing at a high level."

The idea of playing in the Big Ten appeals to Williams, although he has not been on Minnesota's campus yet. He hopes to major in engineering in college.

"That's my main goal," he said. "I mean, I'd love to go to the NFL, but I know if things don't work out I have that to fall back on.

His family couldn't agree more, and has pushed Williams in his education.

"My family is mainly high on academics," he said.

Williams hopes more college offers will start coming in once he gets a few games into his season.

Josh Williams Profile

Gopher Illustrated Top Stories