Four-star running back prospect Dexter Williams committed to the University of Miami back in the spring. But since his pledge he has made an handful of unofficial visits to other schools like Florida, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Louisville, etc. The Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange standout still says all the right things about the Hurricanes.
“It has frustrated me,” said Bob Head, West Orange’s coach. “Why commit if you are going to take visits. That’s what it is and I have relationships with all these coaches. I like those guys at Miami. I know that staff. At the end of the day I still think he goes there because Dexter wants to stay in-state. Florida State wants [Jacques] Patrick and Dexter is not really considering Florida anymore.”
What’s going on in Coral Gables is very interesting, especially at this position. Duke Johnson is their star at running back. The Hurricanes signed a five-star in February is Joseph Yearby. In this class Miami has already committed Williams, Jordan Scarlett (Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas), Mark Walton (Miami Booker T. Washington), and Jordan Cronkrite (Miami Westminster School).
That’s one crowded backfield. Only Williams brings a lot more versatility to the table than the others mentioned above.
”He’s more of a hybrid to me and that’s how I see Miami using Dexter,” Head said. “We play him at running back but also in the slot. He will run jet sweeps. You get him the ball on screens. He has great speed and hands. You get that kid in the open field. He’s 205-pounds and an instant mis-match against defensive backs and linebackers. That’s how I see Miami using him as well.
Williams, 5-foot-11, 205-pounds, is one of the state’s best athletes. He tested off the charts at the Orlando Nike Football Training Camp this spring. Williams ran a laser 4.57 forty and a 4.01 short shuttle. He threw the power ball 36'6". Williams had a vertical jump of 44". He had a SPARQ rating of 131.37.
”That didn’t surprise me,” Head said. You should see him play basketball. When he dunks the ball he can put his head in the rim. It’s crazy.”
Williams was having a terrific spring. Then he sustained a bad high ankle sprain during his spring game. He’s still not 100%.
”That was a scary injury,” Head said. “Dexter can’t accelerate as quick as he used to. We have been trying to take it easy on him. But I will say this, he’s tough. He wants to be out there with his team. He’s a leader who has been frustrated because of this injury. We have to teach him patience. We are trying to protect him because we will need him soon. I know he plans on being ready to go.”