POSITION RANKING: NR
SENIOR YEAR STATS: 36 tackles, two forced fumbles, one interception, two fumble recoveries and two blocked punts in six games played. (A torn meniscus cost him the rest of the season).
COMMITTED TO SMU OVER: Arkansas, Utah, Wake Forest, Iowa State, Northwestern, Houston, Fresno State, Rice, Nevada, North Texas.
SIDE NOTE: Williams says that he thinks of himself as borderline OCD and has to have everything super organized.
AUDIBLE: “It’s a relief, but more of an accomplishment knowing what I’ve been working on for the last six, seven, eight years, what I’ve been dreaming about, has finally come true. It’s a big accomplishment, and I’m ready to move forward to the next chapter.”
How Williams fits
Williams was a more conventional outside linebacker in high school, but his abilities in space mean he will play the star linebacker position, which is a linebacker/safety hybrid, in Van Malone’s defense.
What Williams brings
Williams has good spatial awareness but mixes in good downhill play against the run and solid coverage skills. He won’t see a lot of man-to-man looks, but he’ll be asked to play zone coverage. His instincts are one of his better attributes, although he could work on taking better angles to the ball.
What to Expect Freshman Year
Williams was recruited specifically to play the star linebacker position, so he should see some snaps there right away, even if he doesn’t start.
Career Expectations for Williams
The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder will get a chance to develop and learn from in-game experience, so he will have plenty of experience in a year or two and will be a good four-year guy. He doesn’t make flashy plays, but he’ll be an important part of the defense during his time at SMU.