Williams a 'Complete Defensive Back'

When the North Carolina coaches recognized the immediate need in their secondary, they surveyed the junior college ranks for potential spring enrollees.

Thus far, the strategy has yielded a verbal commitment from Melvin Williams, a 6-0, 205-pound defensive back from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College.

UNC started to contact JuCo coaches in the beginning of the football season and spent the last month collecting film and transcripts.

"[UNC] called to find out if they're going to be able to get a few possible junior college kids," said Jeff Leiker, Coffeyville head football coach. "… Sam Pittman and I are good friends. I sent them some film and it just kind of went from there.

"I think they're looking fairly hard for DBs… They're looking for some kids that they can get in for spring practice and learn and get accustomed to the level of play."

Outside of Williams and Nathan Guillory, who Leiker says didn't have enough credits for January enrollment at UNC, the Tar Heels' coaching staff isn't pursuing any other Coffeyville players at the moment.

However, Lieker feels UNC got a steal in Williams.

"He's just a complete defensive back," Leiker said. "He can cover, he can run, [and] he can tackle. He's a smart guy and plays with a lot of confidence."

For Leiker, Williams lined up at safety in Coffeyville's secondary. However, UNC is bringing Williams in as a cornerback.

"He'll be a good sized corner and that's what they're looking for," Leiker said. "He's a guy that's physical, that can lock up a guy and play the run… [Cornerback] is where they think he best fits for them. I think they can put him at either place [cornerback or safety]."

In just nine games, Williams has intercepted two passes. He has also collected 52 tackles (28 solo) including two for a loss and two sacks, forced a fumble and blocked two kicks.

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