Coach Spotlight: Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams' high school football career came to an end at Mays High School in Atlanta on a November 11th playoff game with Pope High School. Mays Head Coach, Dominic Calloway, got quite a bit of production out of the 6-foot-4, 170-pound wide receiver who committed to Wake Forest prior to his senior season.

"Jonathan was a three-year starter who continued to improve each year and developed into a big playmaker for us," Calloway said. "This year I think he had 50 some catches for more than 650 yards and six or seven touchdowns."

The Mays Raiders play in Georgia's Region 6-AAAA. Each season since becoming a sophomore starter Williams' numbers increased. Calloway noted the maturity he saw in Williams as a senior.

"What I saw most was the improvement he made in his route-running," said Calloway. "He learned how to read coverages and a knack for getting open either by creating separation with his speed or using his outstanding leaping ability."

Williams became the Raiders deep threat in their pro style passing game that saw junior quarterback Tre Jones throw for more than 2,000 yards. Williams is a tall receiver at 6-foot-4, but has a slight build in the 170-pound range. He's banking on Lonnie Galloway helping him make the next step toward becoming a successful ACC receiver.

"When Jonathan committed to Wake Forest he said the biggest reason was the staff, specifically Coach Galloway," said Calloway. "Lonnie's a coach who recruits our area. Jonathan formed a close relationship with him during the recruiting process. He could see a lot of similarities with himself and Coach Galloway as far as the roads they've traveled. So he felt comfortable committing [to Wake Forest] especially knowing he (Galloway) would be his position coach."

Coach Grobe runs a program with very few off-the-field incidents affecting the team. Calloway says that shouldn't be a problem at all for Williams.

"Jonathan's mother doesn't put up with any nonsense," said Calloway. "She raised him the right way. He's very respectful, shows up on time for work, and does well in class. He's earned respect from his teammates and classmates as well as the teachers. I believe he'll get up there and do what he's supposed to do to improve as a player and as a student."

Calloway says Williams will most likely play in a couple of All-Star games in December, the North-South Classic being one of them. Williams wore No. 2 at Mays. The Raiders finished the 2011 season with an 8-3 record.

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