Williams Focuses on WVU

The Mountain State's land grant institution has a long legacy of finding talented linebackers inside its borders. Moorefield High graduate and incoming freshman Reed Williams hopes to become the latest in that line.

As the lights dimmed over Laidley Field in Charleston last Saturday night, perhaps it was fitting that Reed Williams was among the last players left on the field. For many participants in the North/South All-Star game, the contest marked the end of their football careers. When they walked off the field for the final time, that was it. But for Reed Williams, his career is just beginning as he prepares to join the Mountaineer football team.

"It was a great way to get that second level of my career started. We played against some great competition from the South, and got some hard licks from those (Class AAA) boys, so it was nice to see I could hang a little bit," said Williams after his North squad defeated the South by a final score of 9-7.

Williams is one of four in-state recruits signed to football scholarships to attend WVU this past February. Weir linebacker Zach Cooper, Parkersburg South receiver Ryan Dawson, and Martinsburg quarterback Nate Sowers were also signed by head coach Rich Rodriguez. Dawson and Cooper did not participate in the game on Saturday night, but Williams and Sowers both suited up for the North.

While most recent high school graduates are relaxing this summer or working a part-time job, Williams knows that to make an impact in Division I, he'll have to work hard and get a head start. That is something he's eagerly looking forward to.

"I can't wait to get up to Morgantown in a couple of weeks," said Williams. "I'm going up on July 5."

That is when the second session of summer school begins, and Williams will be allowed to work out with his new teammates. He doesn't plan on just sitting around for the next week and a half though. He's already been doing the workouts designed by strength coach Mike Barwis.

"I've been doing Coach Barwis' program. It's a good program. It works you hard and makes you strong, very strong. It prepares you for what's to come," said Williams, who finished the game with 11 tackles, a forced fumble, and a pass break up that could have easily been an interception returned for a touchdown.

So while the lights are finally dimmed on his high school career, Williams is ready to move on. He'll look to follow in the footsteps of in-state linebackers like Huff, and more recently Scott Gyorko and Jeff Noechel. Williams can't wait to start.

"I'm looking forward to it. I can't wait to go meet another great bunch of guys."

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