SMU Recruiting Out East

The SMU coaching staff is putting a heavy priority on the front-seven this recruiting class, going after some of the best defensive talent in the state. However, that doesn't mean they are just staying inside Texas. This linebacker has an offer from the Mustangs and is out on the east coast. Who is it? If you don't have a PonyStampede.com premium membership, you are missing out!

The SMU coaching staff is putting a heavy priority on the front-seven this recruiting class, going after some of the best defensive talent in the state. One target that is not from around here, but still has an offer from the Mustangs is linebacker Chase Williams from Leesburg, Virginia.

"Physically he is an imposing young man. He plays downhill and is extremely great open field tackler," said Loudoun County Head Coach Todd Hill. "A lot of schools are in a quandary as how to recruit him. He is also being looked as a tight end as well…. I believe at this point, SMU is looking at him as a linebacker."

Last season Williams had 163 tackles along with 4 sacks and 1 interception. As a tight end, he had 36 grabs for over 400 yards and 2 touchdowns. Currently he has offers from SMU, West Virginia, and New Mexico State. He is also receiving heavy interest from Miami (FL), LSU, and Tennessee.

Williams is the son of NFL coach Gregg Williams. Gregg is the defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints and the former head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Considered one of the most respected defensive minds in the game, Williams is known for running aggressive, attacking 4-3 schemes that put heavy pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

"As far as on the field, I think he is the most intelligent person I have ever coached in the twenty-three years of coaching. It's like having an additional coach on the field," stated Hill to PonyStampede.com. "He is extremely intelligent, obviously that comes from his father coaching in the NFL. He breathes and dies football."

In the last couple of weeks, Coach Hill has seen an increase in interest in Williams. With schools starting to send out their second wave of offers, the linebacker/tight end could even have more opportunities in the next couple of weeks.

"I know that he is very interested by SMU. I think the thing that is intriguing about Chase is he has done his homework. Once schools have shown interest in Chase, he is doing a lot of research on them," said Coach Hill. "He is currently trying to gain as much information as he can on SMU. I know that he has used the word intrigued to describe the program. He knows they are an up and coming program. SMU has peaked his interest and I know it's on his list of interested schools."

Williams is 6'3, and weighs 235 pounds. Coach Hill says that he has a sub 4.7 forty and benches 370 pounds. This summer there is no one particular area that Hill is looking for Williams to improve on.

"I think he needs to continue to stay focused. I think he has done a really good job up this point. If he continues to work in hard in the off-season and continues doing what we are schools are asking him to do, he will be fine," said Hill. "As far as strength I don't have any concerns about playing at the next level. I think I just want him to continue to improve and become a better football player. As far as the mental part of it, I have no concerns."

When can we expect a decision from Williams and what type of things will go into that decision?

"If the family and Chase feel that there is a perfect fit, there is no sense in waiting. That perfect could be right now, it could come from the school in the next month, or the next fall," said Hill. "I really believe that he is going to play at the next with a school that makes him feel comfortable. A school that is going to make him be the best player that he can be and that is a good fit for both."

PonyStampede.com will have more Chase Williams updates as they become available.


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