CB.) Aaron Williams
5-foot 11 / 181 pounds / Carver high school (Atlanta, GA)
Senior honors: First team All State in class 5A
Senior stats (unofficial): 148 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 6 pass deflections, 1 interception, 1 sack
The lowdown: Williams is a tackling machine that plays with serious physicality. His senior season he averaged 14.8 tackles per game. He is a player that knows how to fly around the field and aggressively attacks where the football is.
Projected by Scout.com as a corner entering his senior season, Williams will play another defensive back spot in college.
"I am planning on playing safety at Nebraska and they are getting a smart player,” said Williams. “I make plays on the ball, I can cover, and I bring a real football demeanor to the field. Safety is my best position and that is where they want me."
Carver high school, a Class 5A program, is where Williams played his entire career in Atlanta, Georgia - a hot bed for high school football. Williams finished with 293 career tackles for the Panthers. In 2014, his team finished 8-3 on the season, but lost in the playoffs.
While he did make a visit to Nebraska during the Huskers’ spring game, Williams official visit came during a primetime contest against Illinois in October.
"I loved the game day atmosphere and I got the chance to interact with the players a lot too,” said Williams at the time. “It was my first time being around the players, seeing what it was like there off the field, and it was great. Spending time with the coaches was nice too and seeing the defense in person was exciting.”
Williams’ commitment immediately went into flux when former head coach Bo Pelini was fired. The senior is an early enrollee and he didn’t have a lot of time to decide on whether or not he needed to change his plans.
Nebraska hired Mike Riley, four days later, and Williams was high up on Riley’s list of recruits to get in a visit before the dead period. Notre Dame offered and the Georgia prep planned an official visit, but it never came to fruition. He also commented earlier in the season about Mississippi State and North Carolina showing a lot of interest.
"I was just sitting here talking about everything with my mom. He was here for about an hour and a half. We talked about building the future and building blocks of a team," Williams said of his visit with Coach Riley. "I thought that he was pretty laid back and calm. I really liked him. He's a real people person. That the right type of coach for me."
The home visit couldn’t have gone better and it sealed Williams for the 2015 class.
William’s primary recruiter was defensive backs coach, Charlton Warren. He is the only staff member from the old regime that was kept by Mike Riley.
"It's great," said Williams. "I hope he stayed."
Why Nebraska: “I really like Nebraska’s tradition, the culture there, and their history on defense. I feel very good about my decision.”
Who else: Mississippi State, North Carolina, Duke, and Notre Dame made a late push.
Who recruited him: Charlton Warren
Scout.com rating: 3-star player (No. 163 CB in the country) / No. 11 CB in Georgia
BRR projection: Williams is a physical athlete who will benefit greatly from enrolling early. With Corey Cooper leaving and not having a lot of returning experience at the safety position it is possible for Williams to get some playing time in 2015. It is more likely, though, for him to redshirt and become a very active and productive part of the secondary down the road. We see Williams as someone who can contribute for a couple years before becoming a solid starter.
***Posted by Josh Harvey ***