March 20, 2008

Big safety putting in serious work

After a 6-5 season as a junior at Denton (Texas) Ryan, safety prospect Yahshua Williams has been putting in hard work in the offseason with hopes of an improved senior year. His team is working hard as well and 2008 should reflect that.

"We've got a lot of tradition so we have to step up to the plate," Williams said. "We're doing everything twice as hard. We're doing everything 130 percent. We're not playing around. We're just trying to move forward."

At 6-foot-3, Williams brings great size to the safety position and as you would expect out of a big kid, he loves to hit. However, one of his strengths is his intelligence as well.

"I play DB, cornerback and safety," he said. "My strong point is being aware and knowing what's going on all the time. I'm about getting the job done and winning the game. It's not about me. It's just about winning. My awareness is my strong point."

With speed in the 4.5 range in the 40, Williams can cover at 6-foot-3 but his passion is hitting, and he does it well.

"I'm the best of both worlds," he said. "To me, being in the game is making the big hit. That's the highlight of the game to me. I'm a linebacker playing safety."

Currently Williams is running track where he competes in the 300 meter hurdles, the mile relay and the triple jump. Though he has yet to receive an offer, he has seen some interest from colleges.

"Right now I'm getting mail and some calls from colleges," he said. "I'm hearing from Nebraska a little, New Mexico, Arizona and Washington. I'm looking forward to talking to some new coaches."

As for what Williams is looking for in a program, he keeps things very simple.

"It's really about tradition to me," he said. "Who does it the best, who's gonna win the game. I want to be part of a winning tradition."




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