Stony Point's Williams already making his way

One of the biggest surprises in Central Texas in 2008 was the Tigers of Stony Point High School in Round Rock. The Tigers went 9-3 and won the district title thanks in part to the play of freshman sensation Stephen Williams. Fresh off of an impressive debut, Williams is bigger and looking for an even better sophomore campaign.

It can be pretty difficult to gage a high school football player's prospect status after only one varsity season. To make an impact the way Round Rock Stony Point's Stephen Williams did in his debut season however is good cause for him to land on the radar of college football coaches across the country.

Throw in the fact that Williams was only a freshman during the 2007 season and there is plenty of reason to believe that they sky is the limit for the sophomore-to-be.

Williams had a profound impact on the Tigers in his freshman season as he played a big part in helping Stony Point claim a district championship, advance to the Class 5A playoffs, and nab a playoff victory in the bi-district round - all of which were firsts for the school.

Stony Point, which had not had a winning record in any season prior to last fall, appears to be starting a new tradition of winning games, something that Williams and his teammates are out to prove is a trend and that the Tigers are not just a one year wonder.

"All of our guys are all about making each other better," said Williams. "Hopefully the guys that are coming up as freshman can do the same and we can keep going what we have here."

Despite his rookie status, Williams proved to be one of the Tigers' top playmakers during their 9-3 season as he rushed for 133 yards on 17 carries in 12 games to go along with three touchdowns while he finished second on the team in receptions (28), receiving yards (400), and shared the team lead with four touchdown grabs.

His versatility proved to be his best asset and while he had to get used to playing more receiver at a much higher level going straight from middle school to the varsity in one of the state's toughest districts, Williams made the transition look easy and he is ready to expand his role further in 2008.

"Whatever it takes to get the job done," said Williams as far as what position he prefers to play. "I came in as a running back but I just so happened to get a lot of receiver time. I'll do more of that this year, and play some running back, and maybe some defense too because I've been working there too."

In order to get ready for his sophomore campaign, Williams put in a lot of work during the offseason and it has paid off. He has added some weight on to his 5-foot-10-inch frame and is weighing in around 170 pounds compared to the 155 pounds he played at last fall. While putting on the weight, Williams still managed to maintain his outstanding lateral quickness and his speed as he has routinely clocked 40 times in the low 4.4 range.

"It was good because we were pushed a lot to lift weights and study plays and things like that," said Williams. "We wanted to do the same things we did last season – work hard and do the little things right."

Even though he has already improved himself, Williams still feels as though there is plenty to improve in regards to his abilities on the field.

"My quickness, I need to work on being more mobile and able to move around," said Williams. "Making sure I catch the ball and handling the ball."

Williams and the rest of the Tigers got to show off their skills recently at the 7 on 7 state championships in College Station on the campus of Texas A&M and while the Tigers fell in the second round of the consolation bracket, Williams and his teammates treated the tournament as a positive experience.

"This a good experience," said Williams as their trip to College Station marked the first time that the Tigers had ever qualified for the state tournament. "It's always good to get work in with 7 on 7. Sometimes you might come out on the wrong end but it's a good experience."

Even though he has three seasons of varsity football left to play as a member of the Class of 2011, Williams is already starting to sort things out in the recruiting game. The speedster lists Texas, Texas A&M, and Penn State as three schools that have already caught his eye, and a fourth the recently made marked an interesting milestone for Williams.

"I got a questionnaire from Kansas recently and I was excited because that was the first piece of mail I've ever received," said Williams. "I'm interested in the big schools, or any school for that matter."

Those big schools will definitely be interested in Williams in the coming years as this prime time talent continues to develop.


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