Lamont Williams will be one of the top defensive backs in South Carolina this fall and hopes of a repeat title will abound in Rock Hill during 2003.
One of the top defensive back in South Carolina for the upcoming 2003 season will be Lamont Williams from the Big 16 defending state champion, Rock Hill Bearcats.
Last season, Lamont was one of the top defenders in the state rotating among the Strong Safety and Corner Back positions. "It was a special season last year and it all came together for us as team. We took that next step and did the work all season to take it to the next level. We hope to repeat in 2003" asserts Williams.
It was a special season for the undefeated 2002 Rock Hill teams. Lamont had the benefit of playing with and learning from two of the top players in state, Tennessee signee Jonathan Hefney and South Carolina signee KO Simpson. "It was incredible playing with KO and Jon, both those guys worked so hard and were great leaders." Lamont stated. "Now it is my turn to teach the younger guys and show leadership."
2003 should be a special year for Rock Hill as the Cats appear to be in a reloading year and not necessary a rebuilding year despite losing Hefney, Simpson and top running back Michael Graham. The team is loaded with outstanding talent including Cunningham, Griffin, and Grayson.
As always the highlight of Rock Hill's season is the annual Northwestern / Rock Hill game. Lamont commented about how much hype goes into the entire week and all the publicity and the events that encompass the entire city of Rock Hill. "It is intense and you are ready to play when you run out there in front of 10,000 people. CJ Barber (Northwestern) is one of best friends and it us great to line up across from him and all the guys at Northwestern that I know. It makes it all worth while" says Williams.
As for life after the 2003 season, Lamont is hearing from a host of colleges from all over the USA. Among those making the most contact are South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina and NC State and Clemson. Lamont enjoyed his recent trip to South Carolina for Junior Day and stated that he would enjoy playing with fellow Rock Hill High Alumni Terrell Davis and KO Simpson. He also liked the coaching staff at USC and loved the setup and facilities of the South Carolina campus.
"Right now my leader would be Tennessee if I had to choose today but there is a long time before I have to make that decision. I also like Florida and South Carolina but I will worry about that after the season" states the Rock Hill star. "Maybe CJ Barber and I will go to the same school together and play together, that would be great." This summer Lamont will camp at UT, USC, NC State and also the Nike camp at Athens.
Lamont projects to be a full qualifier with a GPA of almost 3.00 and will take the SAT on April 5th. In the meantime, he is staying busy with Track season where he recently ran the 100 meters in 10.70 and also takes part in the 200 meter and 4X100 relay. Lamont is also active in his church playing basketball and is involved with the church youth group. He is an outstanding young man and has a great future ahead of him in the classroom and on the football field.
Best of luck to Lamont in 2003.