2007 Intro: Jonathan Williams

Greenville (N.C.) J.H. Rose High School running back/safety prospect Jonathan Williams was instrumental in the Rampants' third-straight North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A Championship run in 2005. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior rushed for 94 yards and two touchdowns in the 21-0 victory over Greensboro (N.C.) Grimsley.

Rose head football coach Greg Thomas believes Williams possesses a variety of skills that will attract numerous collegiate coaching staffs, including 4.48 speed in the 40-yard dash.

"I think his strength is unbelievable athletic ability," Thomas said. "He can run, jump and is very strong. He's a quick learner and he understands the game. I think some things that he needs to work on are holding onto the ball and maybe a little more mental toughness."

While his size and speed appear to have the makings of a safety prospect at the collegiate level, Thomas plans to utilize Williams primarily at the tailback position during the 2006 football season, unless unforeseen circumstances force him to play on the defensive side of the ball.

As for any current collegiate interest, Thomas said that the in-state schools have already made initial contact about Williams.

"I don't think anyone has offered, but I know North Carolina, NC State and East Carolina are very interested," Thomas said. "And I'm sure that there will be more that become interested."

Thomas indicated that his star athlete has currently not made any decisions concerning football camps this summer. Williams currently has no clear-cut favorites in his recruitment. One of his high school teammates this past season is recent UNC signee Morgan Randall.

During Rose's 16-0 season in 2005, Williams rushed for 1,509 yards and 23 touchdowns on 132 carries, which was good for an 11.4 yards-per-carry average. He also caught nine passes for 237 yards and 3 touchdowns. Defensively, he had 32 tackles, 10 assists, four tackles for loss, three sacks, 2 forced fumbles and one interception, which was returned for a touchdown.

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