At Less than 100%, Williams still stands out

Nick Williams by way of Princeton's The Hun School(Princeton, NJ) stands at 5-foot-10 and 175-pounds. The First Team All-State performer, honors garnered during both his Sophomore and Junior years, had a standout performance at the BigTime Showcase a couple of weeks ago and has since seen and increase in recruiting attention.

Nick Williams, by way of The Hun School (Princeton, NJ), is a versatile athlete that can play the slot on offense or cornerback on defense, at the next level. Standing in at 5-feet-10 and 175-pounds, Williams is a two-sport star, participating in track and field activities, in particular, the 100-meter (10.8-seconds) and 200-meter events, and football.

Williams had the opportunity to compete at the BigTime Showcase, held at Rutgers Stadium some two weeks ago. Williams put together a solid 4.52 40-yard dash, despite having been under the weather for several days prior to the event.

"I had a great time at the showcase, it was a lot of fun competing under the lights at Rutgers and going up against some of the top players in the east," stated Williams.

"The atmosphere was great and everyone was amped up especially for the 1 on 1s. I thought I performed pretty well but there is plenty of room for improvement. I was sick the month leading up to the showcase so I wasn't able to prepare the way I would have liked but I ran a 4.52 40 and held my own in the 1 on 1s," continued the Garden State standout.

Williams' modesty was apparent as he more than held his own, displaying the ability to play bigger than his size, and showing a knack for finding the football. More impressively, however, was the respect he received from a number of his peers, after the event's conclusion, for both his competitiveness and his execution.

As word of his ability continues to spread, recruiting is expected to pick up.

"Recruiting is a little slow but its crazy at The Hun, with tons of coaches coming in everyday, because we have a really strong junior class with me, Brian Leffler, Tyler Stockton and Anthony Lalota. Between those three they probably have about 50 offers."

One school that has seen the potential in Williams is the hometown school, Rutgers.

"Rutgers has shown some increased interest. Coach Susan has been over to Hun and I'm definitely a hometown fan. Coach said they are going to recruit me as of now as a corner, but a lot of coaches have mentioned the possibility of me playing slot reciever also," stated Williams.

With June rapidly approaching, Williams has begun narrowing down the list of schools he'll be camping at during the upcoming month. The list is not set in stone as of yet, but does include Big East and Big 10 schools.

"I am not 100% sure on what my schedule is for the summer. I will have a better idea towards the end of May, but so far I will be camping at Rutgers, Syracuse, and Purdue," said Williams.

Williams, who plays cornerback, wide receiver, running back and returns kicks for The Hun School recorded 42 tackles, seven of which were for loss, had eight pass breakups, seven interceptions, forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles during his Junior season. He had 739 total offensive yards and six touchdowns. He also had 531 total return yards and scored three times.

Matei may be reached at mgeorge@rutgersfootball.com

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