May 27, 2009
Freak Louisiana WR sees stock rise
One of the most athletic prospects in the entire state of Louisiana, if not the country, is Slidell (La.) High School wide receiver Armand Williams. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder is proving that proclamation one combine at a time.
Last summer, Williams had a vertical leap of 40 inches at the Tulane prospect camp and then went on to catch 32 passes for 638 yards and 8 touchdowns during his junior season. Since then, Williams has starred on the basketball court, the track and recently in a football combine.
"Saturday I went to the Emfinger combine," Williams said. "I got my fastest forty time which was 4.51. My vertical went up a little bit and my shuttle went down. My vertical was 42.6 inches. I also had a 4.42 in the shuttle. My broad jump, I got 11 feet 7 inches and the coach said he's been doing combines for seven years and I had the highest rating ever."
Williams' explosive leaping ability shines through on the basketball court as well where he is a dunking machine and a devastating shot-blocker. He also won the state in high jump - his personal best jump being 6-8 - and competes in long jump where he can reach 23 feet six inches. Along with Tulane, Tulsa is convinced that Williams' athleticism will translate to the football field.
"Tulsa offered me a full scholarship on the 16th of May," he said. "They've got two freshman receivers that are All-Americans, they led the nation in offense the past two years. They've got a ton of good receivers. They run the spread and all of that."
Williams is hoping to camp at Tulsa this summer to get a closer look at the program but has a very high interest in what he could possibly accomplish there. He also is keeping an eye on a few other schools that are high on him.
"Southern Methodist and Houston are looking at me," he said. "I have to get back to that coach. He said he wants to offer me and he likes my film and everything I just need to go to that camp."
Williams is getting several options with wide open offenses where a receiver with his unique abilities can thrive. Though he will have a busy summer with AAU basketball, Williams will also be exploring all of those options with camps and visits too.
"I will be attending the LSU camp, the Ole Miss camp and Southern Miss. I want to go out to Tulsa. I never got to visit their campus. Coach told me that if I go to their camp I can go on a campus tour. I really want to visit Southern Methodist because I hear they're really successful with their spread offense and they have a really good staff."
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