Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rising star watch: James Williams

Photo courtesy of ESPN Recruiting Nation
Time to head down to Burbank and talk about what former University of Oregon wide receiver James Finley called "a big-time sleeper."

And after breaking down James Williams' film, I agree with Finley.

In a region known for being one of the top hot beds for recruiting in California, it's hard to imagine a prospect going undetected.

Here's a closer look at Williams:

WHAT TO LIKE: Good athleticism is where we'll begin. Williams has an explosive second gear when he runs. He's hurdled over defenders on his way to the end zone. A shifty runner that can make defenders miss. Shows determination with his running and won't stop his legs. Shows good vision and balance when carrying the ball. Has versatility and can return kicks. Also used as a deep threat wide receiver and can haul down the 40-50 yard grab.

WHAT TO BUILD ON: Needs to be consistent with exploding through a hole. Sometimes he looked hesitant when locating an opening.Though he's got an impressive second gear, his current 40-yard dash time according to his Hudl account (4.85) needs to get lower. He might get caught from behind too often at the next level. Can also add muscle to his 177-pound frame.

OVERALL: Williams is an overachiever and ultra productive weapon for Burbank. Definitely looks like one of the best kept secrets in Southern California. Improved work ethic, a strong camp/tournament season and a monster senior year could make this under the radar talent noticed.

STATS: From junior season - 1,503 yards, 29 total touchdowns (22 rushing, five receiving, two kick returns), Averaged 9.0 yards per game. Had 24 catches, 491 yards, five touchdowns. As a sophomore,  had 131 carries, 1,461 yards, averaged 10.0 yards per game, scored 17 touchdowns.



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