Nike Camp Report: Curtis Williams

Arlington Sam Houston free safety/return specialist <B>Curtis Williams</B> made the trip to College Station for the Nike Camp workout and effectively boosted his stock.

The 6-1, 170-pounder at free safety as a junior when Sam Houston's starting free safety (a senior) sustained a season-ending injury. Williams wasted no time making his presence known as he actually outplayed the kid originally in front of him.

While the free safety position is not considered to require the level of skill needed to play cornerback, in the high school ranks, it's the position on the D that a team's best athlete quite often mans.

Watching Williams on tape, you see the burst and speed to the ball, a kid who takes very good angles and enjoys mixing it up out there. But the thing that really stands out is his recognition skills. Williams has a lot of know-how and understands the game...just knows how to play football.

"Notre Dame really wants me to come to their camp and said they're strongly considering an offer," Williams said.

Williams' father added, "Louisiana Tech said they like the way he isn't scared to lay a lick on somebody. And a few coaches at the Nike Camp were talking him up. A Colorado coach told me they thought he did pretty good in the man-on-man drills."

In about a half-season's worth of work (7 total games -- where he had 5 starts at free safety, 2 at strong safety), Williams put up an impressive 65 tackles, 3 INTs, 8-9 PBUs and 2-3 FFs. Also took a school-record 91-yard INT back for a score in the Dallas Carter game and averaged 25 yards per kickoff return on 4 attempts.

Measurables: 6-1, 170, 4.5 forty, 4.0 shuttle, 30-inch vertical.

Strength: Bench: 235, Bench reps: 10. Incline: 185, Squat: 335, (Power) Clean: 200

Track?

Better believe it. Clocking 49s in the 400, kid also has a 10.8 100 meter (time) and 21.58 in the 200.

Hearing from a ton of different schools, Williams said, "Baylor, Arkansas, Colorado, Colorado State and Notre Dame have been coming on stronger than anyone else at this point in the game.

Top 5?

Notre Dame, Florida, Kansas State, Nebraska and Baylor.

Camp agenda: At this point, Notre Dame appears to be on his schedule with a few more to be added as he sorts out who is really interested (read: scholarship offers), but he isn't afraid to go to work and prove his worth either.

Kid's not getting the pub he deserves, but we like him!


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