Getting healthy is Williams' priority

El Camino LB J'Courtney Williams (6-3, 235) showed up ready to show everyone he was still one of the top athletes in the country, but an ankle injury has slowed him down this year. Now back to almost 100%, the talented defender hopes to get back on the radars of the schools that were recruiting him last summer...

"I've miss four full games and most of two other games because of my ankle," Williams told "It's frustrating because I play football, that's what I do and I wanted to get out on the field and show people what I could do and it just hasn't happened yet."

Last week in a big 35-12 win over Citrus, Williams finally got on the field again and continues to ease his way back into the linebacker rotation.

"I've been playing special teams and at both of the outside spots, but we have some really good players there right now so it's sorta a slow climb back for me," Williams said. "I'm just going out and working hard in practice and I'll be ready to get after it when they call my name."

Williams was a standout linebacker in high school and signed with UVA out of high school where he redshirted as a freshman.

"I was there my freshman season and then I had surgery (on an injured shoulder) and things just started to not feel right there," Williams told recently. "I wanted to get a new start, so I enrolled at Hampton, but I wasn't real happy there.

"Some people I know told me I needed to get back to a D-1 school, so I headed out to El Camino because I heard the best JC football is played out in L.A."

"It's a lot different on the west coast and it's been hard, but things are going well and I'm having fun playing ball now."

Williams enrolled at Elco in January and spent spring ball with the Warriors.

On the recruiting front, schools have seemed to cool on Williams over the past few weeks because of his injury and he's hoping they will give him a second look now that he's getting healthy again.

"I was supposed to visit Arizona and they said they were probably going to offer me, but they told me they wanted to make sure I was 100% before they brought me in," Williams said. "All of the rest have sorta done the same thing, but I'm still hearing from Oregon, Oregon State Tennessee and Miami.

"I'm just keeping my options open and getting my name out there telling people I'm open to anyone. I just want to play D-1 ball again and I think as we head into the playoffs that's something I can show I'm worthy of."

We'll have more from Williams in the coming weeks, but this weekend he and his Warriors teammates will take on Cerritos in one of the biggest matchups of the weekend in the JUCO ranks.

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