Ming a Valuable Commodity on Both Sides

Oklahoma is proving once again that it's willing to recruit nationwide in offering Athens (Ala.) defensive end William Ming. Ming is a menace on the defensive side, but is also drawing interest on the offensive side at tight end. Sooners Illustrated caught up with Ming's high school coach to find out his value in Athens.

The Oklahoma Sooners revisted the deep South recently in offering Athens (Ala.) defensive end and tight end William Ming.

Ming (6-4, 250) was a terror for Athens, especially on the defensive side. He tallied 67 tackles, 17 tackles for losses and five sacks.

"He's very valuable to us," Athens head coach Alan Creasy said. "He's a big body and runs really well for his size.

"He's got a huge impact for us whether it's on offense or defense."

Ming plays the strongside outside linebacker in Athens' 3-4 scheme.

"He's able to play down on a tight end or tackle and he's able to play off the ball," Creasy said.

Ming has started since his sophomore season. He was the team's leading tackler in the state title game his sophomore year.

"He's just a great player, really on both sides of the ball," Creasy said, adding that Ming is a 4.0 student and "a great kid...a terrific kid."

Oklahoma is just one of several powerhouses among Ming's 10 current offers. Others include Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Stanford, UAB and Alabama.

"Just about everyone is looking at him as a defensive end except LSU," Creasy said. "They're looking at him as a tight end. Of course, all the tight ends coaches like the looks of him.

"I think it will just come down to what the need of each team is."

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