At some point, coaches need to watch the film or come out and see Newman Williams in person to understand that the Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary linebacker/fullback can make an impact at the next level.
Williams, 5-foot-11, 220-pounds, was the key figure in the Irish winning last season's Ohio Division-III state title, and he is once again the heart and soul of this talented squad. He was huge in last week's 28-23 win over Massillon.
"I think I had a good game against Massillon, but I'm all about the team and us winning, so I'm happy with this game," Williams stated. "I thought I played well defensively, and I just tried to contribute when they needed me on offense."
Florida Atlantic is the only school with an offer on the table for Williams, which is very surprising.
"Not too much is happening for me in recruiting right now, but I know I have a scholarship from Florida Atlantic and I'm grateful for that," he admitted. "I just play the game the way my coaches tell me to, and that's all I can do. I would love to hear from the local schools in Ohio, but they need to take the players they like the best."
"I've done my research on Florida Atlantic and I'm impressed with the school," Williams continued. "I'm going to visit there at some point. Syracuse has invited me in for a visit in late November, and I will be going there. Akron is recruiting me, but they haven't offered yet. That's about it really."
EVALUATION: Teammates Parris Campbell and Dante Booker are both four-star prospects, and deservedly so. The fact of the matter is that Williams makes more big plays to win games than either of his higher-profile buddies, and there has to be a place for Newman Williams at the next level. He is a seek-and-destroy, downhill, middle linebacker, and an extremely physical player. He hits hard and does not miss tackles, and combined with his work ethic, this is an impact player.