Williams Talks Early Recruiting

Copiah-Lincoln LB Zachary Williams (6-3, 240) is one of the more versatile defensive prospects on the JUCO landscape and because of that, he is fast-becoming a popular prospect early in the recruiting cycle...

"I just got offered by Louisville and I already had an offer from Minnesota," Williams told JCFootball.com. "I've been talking for Arizona State for a little while and they have basically told me that they are going to offer, but right now, that one's not official yet."

As a freshman this past fall, Williams played almost exclusively at middle linebacker and he led Co-Lin with 78 tackles while also racking up 5.5 sacks.

"I played middle linebacker, but I also rushed the quarterback at different times too," Williams said. "This year I'll rotate a little bit and play some SAM (strongside linebacker) for us and I'll play some defensive end too, depending on the different calls and situations."

This offseason, Williams has been hard at work in both the film room and the weight room as well as on the field, preparing for his increased role.

"I played only defensive end in high school, so this past year was my first time playing linebacker so I have worked a lot on my pass-drops, just getting into them, my footwork, stuff like that, just so I can be more smooth into it," Williams said. "What I do best is anticipate and read things. My anticipation is what helps me make plays that maybe other guys can't do and I think it will only get better now that I've played linebacker for a year and I have that experience under my belt."

As a prep at Leake County High School in Walnut Grove, Mississippi, Williams was unable to qualify for a scholarship to a four-year program, so he decided to take the JC-route and he said that the Wolfpack was the obvious choice for him.

"They have a family environment here and I liked it a lot," Williams said. "The coaches here are great, they really take care of you and I bonded with them really well. It felt like home."

Williams is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2015 football season.

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