While making a tour of the various Shrine Bowl combines during the spring, one prospect that caught the eye of the Pack Pride staff was CB Seth Williams of Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville, NC.
Last season, Williams hauled in 35 receptions for 480 yards and five scores on offense while collecting 61 tackles on defense. He finished off the year with all-conference honors on both offense and defense.
At 5-11, 170 pounds, Williams ripped off back to back 40-yard dashes of 4.45 and 4.48-seconds at the Shrine Bowl combine held in Laurinburg, NC earlier this year. He also posted a 32-inch vertical leap and looked solid in one on one drills. Williams showed a good back pedal and ability to break quickly on the ball, breaking up several passes- some of which were thrown by all-american QB prospect Cameron Sexton of Scotland County High School.
Williams also made the decision to go out for track for the first time last spring. The decision was a good one as he was able to improve on his speed while showing the natural athleticism that makes him one of the better DB prospects in North Carolina.
Running in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4 x 100 relay, Williams ended the season as the conference MVP- recording a personal best 100-meter time of 10.8-seconds.
However, while participating in track Williams pulled a groin muscle and the injury persisted throughout the summer. He had hoped to camp at NC State, UNC and WF but ultimately only made it to Blacksburg to camp with Virginia Tech.
"I called my recruiters and told them I was hurt but the coach from VT told me to come up anyway and just do what I could but at least I could meet the staff," said Williams. "So I went up and did the vertical and a little one on one stuff but I couldn't do a whole lot."
This season, Williams is playing CB, WR, a little bit as a QB as well as returning kickoffs and punts. Although his team is off to a 1-2 start, the Colts' standout has recorded 10 catches for nearly 180 yards and a touchdown. On defense, he isn't finding quite as much action.
"They're not throwing to my side very much," he said. "I can guess some schools heard about me so they're not testing me very much on defense but I've had a couple of tipped passes."
Not being able to attend any camps over the summer may have slowed Williams' recruiting somewhat but he's still getting quite a bit of attention from the likes of Virginia Tech, UNC, NC State, Wake Forest and Marshall.
Williams, recruited primarily as a CB, talked about his top two and what stands out about his current favorite.
"Right now as far as what is right for me and my chance of coming in and playing, I'm liking Virginia Tech," said Williams. "I mean, I like all of them but right now, it's probably VT and UNC.
When I went to VT and worked out with them, I really liked their coaching staff, the whole program, the whole attitude. I think I'd have a good chance of making a name for myself if I went up there."
Williams was able to make a trip to NC State this past weekend and came away thoroughly impressed. However, the senior athlete said the depth of talent at NC State could be a detriment for him earning playing time with the Pack.
"I like State's program a lot," said Williams. "Coach Amato, he's got the winning thing you know. I like their facilities. There's just a lot of things I like about them. I would love to play for State but I don't know if I'd have as much of a chance with the players they already have there in the program.
"I was up there for the Richmond game. I loved the atmosphere there. That's the thing is I just love the atmosphere at NC State."
Williams has scored a 940 on the SAT and projects as a full academic qualifier.