Outgoing Coach Has Words of Praise

Moorefield head football coach Alan Fiddler, who has departed the Yellow Jacket program for Glenville State College, has great things to say about rising senior linebacker Reed Williams.

Reed Williams, who committed to West Virginia last week, is "a good student and a great leader," according to Fiddler, who is taking over the football program at Glenville State College.

"He's a 4.0 student, and extremely intelligent," said the busy Fiddler, who is making the same transition from high school to college that Williams will be undergoing next year. "He leads by example, and sets a great one for his teammates.

"I think it was time for him to make a decision," Fiddler continued. "I don't know if the other in-state players contributed to that (WVU has received verbals from three other West Virginians), but it was just time to get it done."

Fiddler, whose Moorefield teams won six of the past eight West Virginia Class A state football titles, believes that Williams is one of the best players he's ever coached.

"He's a physical player, big and strong, and he gets to the ball really well. He just raises havoc when he's in there on defense. I think he's suited to the middle linebacker spot. That's where he has played for us, and his size makes him a natural fit for that position."

Linebacker is a need position for this year's recruiting class, and with the Mountaineers expected to sign 4-5 backers, Williams will likely begin his Mountaineer career on defense. However, Fiddler notes that Williams could also play on offense.

"I think he could play tight end or be an H-back type too," said Fiddler, who would obviously have loved to coach the all-state performer for another season. "He catches it well and his blocking is very good."

If there's anything Williams needs to improve on, it's becoming more of a vocal leader. As noted, Williams is more of a leader by example, and has not been one to say a lot. However, as he moves into his senior season, that's one area Fiddler thinks he should strengthen.

Fortunately, that bit of laid-back attitude doesn't extend to his on the field performance. Fiddler told the Harrisonburg News and Record that he sometimes "has to hold [Williams] back in practice", due to his all-out style of play.

Williams is the second linebacker in the class, joining fellow West Virginian Zac Cooper as WVU commitments. They are expected to be joined by 2-3 more linebackers, one or more of which could be junior college players.

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