Wake Forest Football Class of 2017 Signee: DT Tyler Williams

Demon Deacon Digest takes a closer look at the newest Wake Forest signee.


Tyler Williams won the Lou Groza Award as Palm Beach County’s Player of the Year in 2016 and was named the All-Area Defensive Player of the Year by the Palm Beach Post. Williams had close to a dozen offers, and Wake beat out the likes of Louisville, Temple and Iowa State for his services.



From Scout's Corey Bender: Williams is a good looking athlete that flies off the ball with good pad level and quickness, and really provides that thud at the point of attack as well. He flashes active hands to shed blocks and pursue the football, but his suddenness and ability to chase down the ball in space is what really sticks out.

You also have to take notice of Williams' length in the interior of the defensive line. His explosiveness and first step can sometimes get the best of him and knock him off balance, so playing under control is something he can continue to focus on moving forward. Overall, Williams does a good job of engulfing and wrapping up his opponent in a hurry.

Williams also impresses with his ability to scrape down the line and make plays in the backfield. He's relentless when busting free and finding an open lane to the football, and is just relentless once the ball is officially snapped. Williams holds his own more often than not, and flashes some finesse in his game as well. 

Overall, this is a young man that can push up the field and provide that interior pass rush. Williams is agile with tenacious hands to disengage and rip down opponents, and plays with a whole lot of effort and athleticism.

I'm just surprised that more Power Five schools have yet to present scholarship offers of their own, so kudos to Dave Clawson's staff.

Demon Deacon Digest Top Stories