Nebraska is looking to take one and maybe two more safeties in the 2009 class. Yahshua Williams is…
Scout's Take: CB/S Yahshua Williams
THE SKINNY: Yahshua Williams of Ryan High School in Denton, TX committed to Texas Tech this weekend just before ending his first official visit. Williams chose Tech over Kansas, Nebraska, and Southern Mississippi. STRENGTHS Size- It isn't often you find a jumbo CB that can run, cover in both man and zone, and hit. You usually have to lift a few stones before uncovering a rare species like this. Luckily for the Tech staff, they found one at Ryan HS in Yahshua Williams. At 6-3 190 pounds, Williams has the tools to play any position in the secondary. Because of his size, QBs have to get air under the ball in order to hit the outside shoulder of a WR on deep fades/streaks. If they do not get enough air on the ball, it will be a sure PBU because of Williams length. In turn, this forces a lot of over thrown deep balls to his side. On intermediate/crossing routes, he is able to using his arm length to stay in great top shoulder position while shooting his hands to make a play on the ball. He doesn't have to collide with a WR to get the PBU. This equals less PI calls. His size also creates mismatches in run support. Against smaller slot WRs he is to strong and against stronger "X" WRs, his arm length keeps them off of his body. Coverage Awareness/Instincts - Williams is conscience of the defensive scheme in which he is playing. In zone (his team plays cover 2) he never covers grass. He knows that if nobody is in the flat, he needs to sink to force the QB to put air on the ball to buy time for the safety. He shows this perfectly in the first clip of his highlight film. On the second clip, he has a threat in his flat, he baits the QB to throw and breaks accordingly. In man he seems to be aware of his help and where it is coming from. Of all the film that I have watched of him, he doesn't jump short routes in zero man. No help over the top; a missed tackle equals 6. He makes a play on the ball by using pass break up technique (he shows this on the 5th and 6th play of the highlight-he jumps a deep post and tackles a short slant). His football IQ will be great for picking up college schemes. Change of Direction- Williams stays low and runs out of his breaks. He keep his feet inside of his frame and adjusts well to the double move. In run support, he can be in full back pedal and plant and come up with very little extra movement or steps. Acceleration/Quickness- Terms generally used for describing players on the offensive side of the ball, it is also describes Williams game. Once he reads and diagnosis a play, he explodes to the football. He can be at a stand still and run to a bubble screen before the WR has a chance to block him. He is more quick then fast and this for the better part applies to him in short bursts. NEGATIVES Backpedal Because his team plays a bunch on zone, Williams needs to refine his backpedal if he is to thrive as a Big 12 CB. He has an elongated stride that slow him down (ONLY IN HIS BACK PEDAL). WRs are able to get on his heels quickly, forcing him to open his hips. When routes are run based on reading the defender (College Level Schemes), he will be a liability. Teams will break off routes and move the ball slowly but surely. Once he cleans up his backpedal he will get quicker and won't be forced to open his hips as fast. Linear Speed- Williams is not a burner. He is adequate. He has range and would do great as a high safety. He has instincts and size and that compensates for him not being able to flat out run. OVERALL Williams is a heady DB. His football IQ, instincts, size, and quickness make him a versitile defender that can play anywhere in a defensive secondary. He has adequate skill sets as corner but elite skill sets as a high safety. He will need to work on bringing his feet when tackling because arm tackles in college will get broken. If nurtured correctly he has a promising future CB or S. and see what I see.
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