TYRONE - On any given Friday night in the state of Georgia, a number of different players can stand out and it doesn't always have to be a player that is right in the middle of the recruiting hype.
Sandy Creek defensive tackle Chris Williams definitely fits that bill.
At 6-foot-1 and 270 pounds, the 2014 standout made a strong case that he was the best player on the field last Thursday when his Patriots took on East Coweta.
The most impressive part about that statement is that he was on the same field as two Georgia commitments in 2014 wide receiver Demarre Kitt and 2013 cornerback Shaquille Wiggins and 2013 South Carolina pledge Alan Knott.
According to the emerging junior, he is definitely happy with his play of late.
"I feel like I played great. Good pass rush. Good push on the line against the run," said Williams. "We did pretty good as a team, actually. I'm just ready to win a state championship and look out for my team."
While there are a number of players that have a huge impact on a single game, Williams is starting to make a habit of such performances as he had a monster performance against Newnan just six days earlier.
"Last week I had about three sacks, nine tackles total. They threw the ball a lot. I had a few sacks," he said. "The defense, we played good. The offense, we came out throwing the ball well. We didn't run the ball too good. We did pretty good as a team also."
At this rate, the Sandy Creek defender is bound to start hearing from a number of schools in the near future, but right now, at least, his recruitment has yet to heat up.
"I'm not really too familiar with it yet but I've talked to Coach (Rodney) Garner at Georgia. I went to that camp, the Mark Richt Camp, in June I think it was," said Williams. "I went to Dawg Night but I didn't get to participate because I didn't have my physical with me, and that's it. That is all I've been to so far. I've gotten letters and a few camps this year but that's about it."
A lot of that may have to with the fact that Williams is still a bit of an unknown commodity.
As a junior, he was slated to start for Coach Chip Walker's Patriots, but suffered a setback in his first game as a starter.
After the disappointing start and finish to his 2011 season, Williams believes he is off to a great start in his junior season.
"I've come a long way. Last year I got hurt. The second play I tore my labrum. I kept playing with it, but it got worse so I had to come out," he said. "So I'm coming off a bad injury last year, and I'm really going well. Better than I thought I would."
When it comes to recruiting, the Tyrone native already knows where he wants to be, but will welcome offers from any big time school.
"Honestly, I would like to be a (Georgia) Dawg, and my second would be Florida. Just schools in the SEC," said Williams with a half smile. "I'll take anything; ACC, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State. All of them big schools, good schools."
But for the time being, Williams and his Sandy Creek teammates have one goal in mind.
"State," he said. "Getting that third ring."
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