4-star looked like one

4-star looked like one

Daytona Mainland defensive end Leonard Williams is rated as a four-star prospect on Scout and he looked every bit like one the other night.

Mainland took on Jones this past weekend in a game loaded with college prospects. Scout was there for all the action. The most impressive player on the field was Mainland senior defensive end Leonard Williams.

Williams is one of those players who just jumps out at you, even during warmups. He's a huge kid with long arms. And at 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, he still has a lean frame so you can see how he'd be able to still add 25-30 more pounds at the college level. We're talking about a kid who will likely end up being in the 6-5/300 range in a few years at the college level.

Athletically, Williams is off the charts. Some of the most impressive players for him, as a prospect, was when Jones ran the other direction. Watching him chase down opposing running backs, even when he wasn't quite able to make the play, from 30-40 yards away is very impressive. The way he runs, the amount of ground he covers, is almost effortless to him. You'll see him flying by linebackers and even running past defensive backs at times during those types of plays. Most kids at that size don't run anywhere near as well as Williams does.

From a pass rushing standpoint, he needs to develop some moves. He's big and strong enough to bull rush a lot and it works at this level. And he does a decent job of using his hands to get rid of opposing blockers. The biggest thing, though, is his ability to run around blockers and chase down opposing quarterbacks.

He needs to continue learning the fundamentals, keep his motor going all the time, and use his size as more of an advantage in the running game. However, those are all things that are coachable. The physical tools he brings to the table, however, aren't coachable and they're not real common. That's why he's being recruited nationally. Alabama and Florida State are in line to get official visits for now, with a few other schools also still in the mix.

-- Williams game clips (not highlights. This is the real thing on five random plays)

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