Newcomer Profile - Larry Williams

Highland Srprings' Larry Williams is the subject of today's newcomer profile.

LARRY WILLIAMS, JR.

DB, 6-1, 180 lbs., 4.5

Highland Springs High – Highland Springs, Va.

Standout athlete from Highland Springs High who was the only player in Virginia this past season selected for the all-state team at three different positions, being named first team as a defensive back, second team as a kicker returner and honorable mention as a wide receiver … team MVP who led coach Scott Burrton's Springer's to a 9-2 record and a playoff berth.

Touched the ball three times in the first-round Class AAA playoff loss, taking a pass 59 yards for a TD, returning a kick 70 yards for a touchdown and also picking off a pass … a unanimous first-team all-state selection from Virginia High School Coaches Association and also a first-team pick by the Associated Press … 30 tackles, 11 PBU, two interceptions as a senior, along with 35 catches for 848 yards and six TDs … two kick returns for scores

Richmond Times-Dispatch all-metro, all-Capital District, all-Central Region … Superprep mid-Atlantic Top 35

"Larry has great athletic ability, but he also has all the intangibles that coaches love, line toughness and aggressiveness and competitive spirit. He really loves to compete, face the best of the best. He doesn't shy away from any challenge, and that's what makes him special. Yeah, he's got excellent size and speed and athletic ability, but you don't find many corners who are physically tough and want to compete like Larry."

Two-year starter for Highland Springs, playing both wide receiver and defensive back … began playing football as a sophomore and spent the first two games with the junior varsity squad, scoring six TDS in those two games, which prompted Burton to quickly move him up to the varsity … also a sprint regional qualifier in track competing in the 300-meter and 55-meter during the indoor season … also part of the state qualifying 4x200 relay team.

Will major in education … also recruited by Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina State, but West Virginia had several connections to the Highland Springs coaching staff, and the Mountaineers also promised to stick with Larry, whether he got a qualifying SAT score or not.

WVU assistant coach Bill Stewart coached a couple of Highland Springs players while he was the head coach at VMI, including Tommy Haskins, who was the leading career rusher in I-AA history until that mark was recently eclipsed … also former WVU assistant coach Paul Randolph, who recently took a job at Alabama, is best friends with a member of the Springer's' staff.

"Larry felt comfortable with all the connections we had to West Virginia. And I'm happy he's going to WVU, because now I can have some peace with my in-laws after sending some kids to Virginia Tech over the years," chuckled Burton, whose wife is a Mountain State native. "West Virginia is getting a great player who really loves to compete. He wants to face the best receiver on the other side of the ball. He relishes the assignment. In a seven-on-seven passing league our team competed in last summer, we kept going up against a team, Heritage, which had a great receiver, Fontel Mines, a 6-5 receiver who is going to Virginia. They expect him to be Virginia's next star receiver. We faced Heritage in five or six games, and Larry lined up against Fontel every time, and Fontel had just one catch in all those games. Fontel is a great player, but that tells you something about Larry's abilities."

Son of Larry Sr. and Barbara Williams.

What Rich Rodriguez says: "I'm excited about Larry. He's another guy who could play both ways if we needed him to. He was a very productive receiver in high school, but we're going to look at him at corner first off and see if he can make an impact there."

What Herb Hand says: "Larry is a corner who is tall and runs real well. We're trying to increase our height at the corner, and Larry gives us that size without sacrificing speed or athletic ability. Larry has an opportunity to be a very good football player."


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