This past off-season one of the
top stories dealt with All-American, Maryvale DE, Jermaine Williams signing with hometown
ASU. The 6'4 255 pound Jermaine Williams, who is ranked as one of the top
players in the west, has been on the recruiting radar since his sophomore
year. Playing with Jermaine for the
Panthers is younger brother Eric. At 6'2 and 215 pounds Eric Williams is a starting inside
backer for Maryvale. Eric moves well from this position. Where
Jermaine is more of a sledgehammer, Eric cuts through like a knife finding
the ball and getting there quick. He has good pass drop coverage and inside
out pursuit along with a good head for the ball. Last week in the game against Ironwood,
Williams showed the ability to shut down the middle run and the speed to make
plays sideline to sideline.
Another top off-season story was Ironwood's Skyler Hagg lighting up the California combine scene. Hagg consistently posted fast 40 times that brought attention to him as one of the state's best playmakers. This season started well for Skyler Hagg as he continued his multi-threat run, catch, return "MO" from last year. Sadly, his season was cut short with an injury and the 6-2 Ironwood squad would need to move on. It was at this point that younger brother Eric Hagg stepped to the forefront. At 6'2 and 185 pounds Eric has the prototypical size that college recruiters look for in a WR/DB. Eric shows good speed and the ability to go up and get the ball. Currently, the junior may be one of the most athletic receivers returning next year. Hagg averages nearly twenty-five yards a catch on twenty catches and has five picks on D from his defensive back position.
Both players should gain more attention as their teams move on to playoffs. Further, both players with the graduation of their siblings, will be asked to be the center pieces of their teams.