The Utes defense in 2014 was the most successful defense in the country at sacking the opposing quarterback, as they led the nation with 55 sacks as a team, averaging just over 4 a game. Because of that success, a new defensive "position" has been created by fans and players; mayor of "Sack Lake City." Defensive End Nate Orchard earned that title in 2014, posting 18.5 sacks, and the Utes have a couple good options to replace Orchard in 2015. In the name of recruiting though, Utah is always looking towards the future for new, impressive talent to join their roster, as well as join the long list of former Utes to make it in the NFL, and one such player they're looking at to possibly assume the role of mayor of Sack Lake City in the future is defensive end/outside linebacker Amandre Williams.
Williams (6'3-225lbs) is one of the best defensive end/outside linebacker prospects on the West coast in 2016, and his offer list is starting to show just that. "I have 11 offers so far. Oregon, Washington, Utah, Vanderbilt, Cal, Boise State, Colorado State, Northwestern, Kansas, San Jose State and Montana State," said Williams. "The recruiting process has gone well. I've just been enjoying the whole thing. I've learned that in order to pick a school that you can see yourself playing at, you have to look past just the football program and look at the university as a whole. You have to see yourself living there for the next 4-5 years, and be comfortable with it." With a good mind set on how to go through the process, and a growing offer list, Williams is still looking at all his options. "I haven't really begun the process of picking out any schools that I would call favorites. I've taken unofficial visits to Oregon and Washington, and I plan on taking more, but I'm just not sure when yet." When Williams is able to schedule some more unofficial visits, he knows of at least one place he wants to go. Utah.
"(Utah) is a visit that I would definitely like to take when I can. My relationship with the coaching staff is one that is still buildng right now, but it's somewhere I want to see more of." Newly appointed defensive coordinator John Pease has been the main recruiter for Williams, and despite the large age gap between the two, Williams has been able to connect with him and establish a relationship. "Coach Pease knows a lot, and is very passionate about the game. I could see myself learning a lot for him, and I don't think him being older than most other coaches is a factor in exactly how much I could learn from him." Another aspect about Utah that is appealing to Williams is the chance to join the defensive line group that has been so good for so long. "It is definitely something I think about when it comes to Utah," Williams said about Utah's history of producing elite defensive linemen. "I know that they emphasize the defensive side of the ball, and are very well coached at those positions."
Williams states that Utah is recruiting him as rush defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid, but says most other schools are recruiting him at linebacker. On the field, Williams prides himself on being a technician. "I feel like I do the little, technical things well with a high level of intensity." With his senior season upcoming, Williams said he'd like to make a decision before the season starts, and will really focus on which school feels most comfortable for him. "Ultimately I just need to feel like I belong at the school I choose, and it just needs to feel right. I'm aiming to make my decision sometime during the summer, so before my senior season." After he makes that decision, Williams doesn't envision taking any other official visits, but did not rule out the possibility.
Check out Williams' junior highlights here.
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