We heard about 2012 Woodmont DT D.J. Williams last year and he enjoyed a solid junior season for the Wildcats as they moved up to the AAAA ranks. The 6'0 280 pound prospect saw plenty of double teams but still had good numbers despite the attention.
"Last year I had 43 solo tackles, 22 assists, and 3 sacks. I plan to put some off the charts stats my senior season though!" Williams told us.
Williams says things really picked up for him following last season.
"My junior season and everything that has followed has just been great. I got Woodmont's Big Man Award for the Best Team Lineman. I was also named to the Greenville All-County Honorable Mention list. I felt very honored because Greenville County is comprised of 14 High Schools. Lastly, I've been invited to attend a South Eastern Conference Combine in Georgia this summer. I am very humbled by all the opportunities and attention. However, at the end of the day it's not about the attention but the love the game we call football!"
Williams talked at length about the game that he felt was his most outstanding last year. He also talked about the toughest matchup he faced as well as the toughest skill player he saw.
"My best game of the season would have to have been when we played Westside High School. I had 7 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 3 tackles for loss of yardage. I was able to be a disruptive force the entire game. It was a good night."
"As far, who was the toughest offensive lineman, that's a little tricky because I was double-teamed and sometimes triple teamed all year. If I had to name one lineman that showed some strong skills it would be Ryan Norton from Mauldin High School because he came off the ball low, hard, and aggressive."
"As far the toughest offensive player, it would be Jeremiah McKie, the All County Player of the year. As a quarterback, he was smart, very mobile, and had a good arm."
Williams says he continues to hone his craft as a defensive tackle every day and he talked about where his strengths and weaknesses currently are with us.
"I am quick on my feet and have the ability to explode off the ball. I have a good football IQ and at 280 lbs, it's not easy for an opponent to move me. However, most of all, the desire to win is always a strength."
"I have a good off season workout ethic, I train 6 days a week working on agility, speed, and increasing my strength."
As we stated before a number of schools have started to make the trek to Woodmont to learn more about Williams and to see him up close and personal.
"I'm hearing from Averett University, Southern Virginia University, Old Dominion University, Charleston Southern University, South Carolina State University, and most recently Georgia Tech."
Thus far Williams says Charleston Southern and Old Dominion are showing him the most interest at this point.
"I have had an official visit at SC State University. I enjoyed meeting Coach Pugh, he has a solid team of players. I have also visited Hampton University and watched their Spring Game. The coaching staff there was very receptive and personable. The defensive line coach was pretty cool. I also had the opportunity to visit Old Dominion University and check out their Spring Practice. The campus at ODU was awesome and their sports facilities were better than nice. The Defensive Coordinator spent a lot of time with us and was very straightforward about the demands of college level football and being that "impact player" otherwise you are just another player."
"The visit to North Carolina Central University was exciting; we met the head coach and his staff. The campus tour was long because they have had a lot of new construction. They also have a full bowling alley and game room for students. Their travel buses have satellite TV's so you can watch ESPN while on the road. We watched their Spring Practice; they have a couple of players from South Carolina. My last visit was this past weekend at Charleston Southern for their Spring Game and prospect day. Their defense was solid, they have some massive players. We met the entire coaching staff and the AD. Coach Mills has really done a lot with the program there. What he has accomplished is very impressive."
So what ultimately will be key components for Williams in his decision making process, and when could he make a commitment?
"Conference strength, location, if my major is offered, and the coaching staff will all be major decision factors for me. I plan on making a decision on National Signing Day but if the right offer comes along who knows."
SCPrepNation.com will continue to bring you more updates with D.J. Williams and other top prospects here in the Palmetto State each and every day. Stay tuned as we'll bring you Williams' junior season highlights in the next few hours as well.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...D.J. WILLIAMS
Bench press: 295 pounds
Squat: 370 pounds
Power clean: 225 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 5.5 seconds
A CLOSER LOOK...D.J. WILLIAMS
Favorite food: steak
Favorite subject in school: Social Studies
Favorite movie: CopOut
Favorite music artist: Wiz Khalifa
Dream school: University of Miami
Favorite football player: Warren Sapp
Major in college: Sports broadcasting or business management