Recruiting situation: Committed to Syracuse
Opponent: Whitehall (Pa.) High, Sept. 6, 2013
What to Like
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Williams has a good burst coming out of breaks and his tracks the ball well and adjusts to passes well. He is able to gain position against a defensive back while the ball is in flight and he has very good feet to turn and adjust to balls in the air.
Williams also understands how to work back to his quarterback when protection breaks down, and how to find open space. He is long and thick and runs well, and he is deceptively quick for his size. He has big hands and catches the ball at its highest point, and uses his body well to shield defenders.
In addition, Williams does a nice job of accelerating after the catch, and he can get to the corner after catching the ball on short routes.
What Needs Work
Williams was coming off a knee injury in which he missed two scrimmages and the opener, and it took a little time for him to loosen up during the game. It impacted his ability to get off the line of scrimmage early in the game, and also to come out of breaks, but that improved as the game moved on.
Like many high school receivers, Williams needs to be more active in blocking for the running game. At times, Williams does a good job of getting in front of the defensive back and he has the strength to do it.
Williams has all the tools to be a big-time receiver, from a possession standout and getting down the field. Whitehall bracketed him throughout the game, with a safety over the top to keep him from getting deep. He can be effective over the middle and to the sidelines, and has the hands to haul in tough catches.