'09 DT Making a Name for Himself

Coppell, Texas usually produces at least one Division I prospect every year, and the class of 2009 is no different. Defensive tackle Nalem Williams already has experience under his belt and is just hoping to get better during his junior season.

5-foot-11, 280-pound Nalem Williams was a mainstay on the football field for Coppell High School last year. He started every game but one during his sophomore season on his way to earning All-Area honors. Despite a good year, Williams didn't feel like he played up to his potential. He talked about his strong suits and also what he needs to work on in the future.

"I would say that I was pretty good using the swim technique from the nose guard position. I have played nose guard all my life. I think I have the strength and speed to move pretty well from the nose guard position," Williams said when asked about his strengths.

"Overall, my stamina," Williams added when asked what he needed to work on. "I wouldn't say that I died out last year, but I wasn't giving it my all towards the end of the game. I didn't really know what to expect coming up to varsity as a sophomore. I think I need to work on breaking down double and triple teams on the football field."

Most kids inside the Lone Star State grow up rooting for Texas, Texas A&M or the Oklahoma Sooners, but Williams grew up in New York. He has a ton of respect for the in-state schools, but followed two other elite programs while he was growing up.

"I'm originally from New York. I moved to Texas about four years ago," Williams said. "Miami was one of my favorites. Miami and the University of Michigan."

Several schools came by Coppell during the spring to see what their athletes had to offer. Williams said that nobody came by to see him specifically, but he put forth his best effort in front of the college recruiters.

"Not for me, but they saw me play," Williams said when asked if any schools came by to see him this spring. "I know Rice University came by. I don't really remember the others. I wasn't really paying attention. I was just out there trying to do my best to get better for the spring game."

Williams hasn't made it to any camps so far this summer and is still unsure about whether he will attend any.

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