The love of the game is what drives Williams

One of the more athletic pass-rushers in the JC ranks this year is Arizona Western DE Josh Williams (6-3, 260) and he had an excellent spring for the Matadors. Now, after an excellent offseason, Williams is ready for a breakout season and he spoke recently with about his summer workouts and recruiting.

"We've had a good summer," Williams said after a recent workout. "I've been working a lot on my conditioning and my technique. Just trying to get better every day and work with my teammates as well. I've also focused hard on my stretching and flexibility to help me be more fluid in my pass-rush and how I hold up against the run."

Williams went to high school at New Hampton Prep in New Hampshire and signed with Boston College in 2005.

"I had a lot of east coast schools offer me," Williams said. "Like Rutgers, Connecticut, Syracuse, Indiana and a bunch of other ones all offered me, but my grades weren't good enough so I didn't get to go to B.C."

After he discovered he wouldn't be able to enroll at the Chestnut Hill campus, he started looking around and was referred to Allan Hancock Junior College by his high school coaches and he had a solid freshman season posting four sacks and over 20 tackles in spot duty.

"I went out there and it just wasn't the right fit," Williams said. "I had some personal stuff go on and my finances just didn't match up. I lost my apartment and was basically homeless for a little bit.

"I liked the staff there and have nothing bad to say about them, but that place just wasn't for me. I learned a lot about myself though."

After making a couple of calls, the coaches at Arizona Western invited him to attend classes this past spring and earn a scholarship and he was able to do that with an outstanding performance.

"The coaches said I did really well and they said I earned my scholarship," Williams said.

"He's probably one of our biggest recruits this year," Arizona Western head coach James Pryor said early this summer. "He can really fly for a young man with his size. He ran a 4.6 for us this spring and that's really moving for a guy his size. He's as good as Luis Vasquez was for us last year and he was an All-American so that should tell you how special Josh is as a defensive end."

At the Arizona Combine, Williams made the All-Combine team after posting a 4.63 forty time, a 4.68 shuttle, a 31-inch vertical and he put up 225 pounds an amazing 30 times on the bench.

Williams doesn't have any offers yet, but he's garnered a lot of attention from several schools and six have expressed that they could be close to offering if he gets off to a good start this season.

"Oregon State, Oklahoma, USC, Iowa, Utah and Arizona have really been contacting me the most," Williams noted. "They all have requested film on me and they all have said they want to see me again this fall before they offer me because I redshirted last year.

"I'm okay with proving myself. I've learned a lot about myself and what football means to me over the past few years and I think I'm a better person for it. If schools want to see me this fall again, I say ‘come on out and see a guy who loves to play the game and will never quit.'"

Since he redshirted in 2006, Williams will have two years to play two and he'll be able to leave in December.

We'll have more from this playmaking defensive end during the Matadors' season.

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