Height/Weight: 5-foot-11 / 185-pounds
High School: Carver high school (GA)
Year: True freshman
Played wide receiver and defensive back in high school … graduated from Carver High School in December, choosing to enroll at Nebraska early … helped Carver to an 8-3 record and trip to Georgia Class AAAAA state playoffs in 2014 … racked up 148 tackles including 101 solo stops last fall … as a senior, he also had 10 tackles for loss, an interception, and ten pass breakups … on offense in 2014, Williams caught 13 passes for 283 yards while running for 115 more yards … named first-team Class AAAAA all-state selection in 2014 … earned first-team all-region honors in each of his four years at Carver, and was also a first-team all-state pick by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2013 … in 2013, Williams helped Carver reach the Class AAAAA playoff by racking up 145 tackles, including 109 solo stops with six interceptions and four pass breakups … played for Darren Myles at Carver.
A true freshman wasn’t supposed to sniff the two-deep in the secondary this season, with experienced veterans returning for first year secondary coach Brian Williams.
Williams didn’t get the memo.
The Georgia native impressed defensive coordinator Mark Banker this spring, earning first-team reps multiple times and becoming a staple on the third-team secondary.
“He’s picked up things quickly,” Banker told reporters, including the Omaha World Herald. “The physical part of it is the pleasing part of it. He matches up pretty well with the majority of the guys out there and if he doesn’t, he does whatever he can to throw himself in there and finish the play.”
BRR projection: Williams did himself a favor enrolling early, getting 15 practices of experience before going into offseason conditioning – a time period we expected to see a lot of growth.
Williams not only worked at safety, but in the NICKEL spot, showing his versatility. He’s the type of defensive back that breaks on the ball hard and finds someone to hit – hard.
Something tells us that he finds himself a spot on this year’s defense. He might not be on the listed two-deep heading into the BYU game, but he will carve himself out playing time this year and might become a standout on special teams.
How he ended up in Lincoln:
Williams was a classic example of a recruit blowing up after he committed. In the end, the senior had offers from Mississippi State, North Carolina, Purdue, Washington State, Indiana, Marshall, Cincinnati, Duke, and Notre Dame – which made a late push after the firing of Bo Pelini and staff. Nebraska was the only school Williams officially visited. He also visited Lincoln during the annual Red-White game last spring.
“I really like Nebraska’s tradition, the culture there, and their history on defense. When I talked with Coach Riley, we talked about building the future and building blocks of a team. I thought that he was pretty laid back and calm. I really liked him,” said Williams. “He's a real people person. That the right type of coach for me."