Sometimes it’s not about the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.
All I know is that Jamyest Williams has a lot of dog in him as a football player. This kid can ball against anyone at any size. It’s not just that he is a great athlete that has the top schools in the country after him. It’s the compete level that makes him one of the top recruits in the nation that could excel on either side of the football at the next level.
Williams is never going to be the prototype when it comes to size. That can’t be denied, but he is pretty much a ball of muscle and strong enough to compete against bigger players. He’s not lacking in that department.
More importantly, his athletic traits are elite. He has big time top end speed and his short area quickness is outstanding. He is extremely fluid and has great feet. There aren’t many who can hang with him athletically in the country.
Williams plays running back on offense and is highly productive there. That’s why so many places rank him as an athlete. His ability to jump cut and explode is phenomenal. He does a great job with his feet and can burst through tiny holes. If he gets a seam he has the speed to take it the distance as well.
He runs bigger than his size and it makes him an effective inside runner, but is dangerous out in space. He can make plenty of defenders miss in the open field.
His greatest upside is at cornerback, though. He is smooth in his backpedal and very technically sound for a player at this stage in his development. Very physical with his hands at the line of scrimmage, but knows how to get his body on a receiver without grabbing down the field. He can play press or off coverage. He isn’t just an athlete that can match up in play man either. He displays good instincts and awareness in zone as well.
He does a great job impeding the route of the receiver in tight coverage and an even better job of competing for the ball. He fights through the hands of a receiver to knock the ball away consistently. That isn’t always a natural thing for a lot of corners, but Williams does it all the time.
Perfectly suited to play the nickel because of how fluid he is and the way he explodes out of his transitions when breaking on the football. I don’t think he is purely a nickel guy, though. Could play on the outside. Might struggle with some giants out there, but will go up and get the football. He is a finisher with great ball skills as well.
He’s a strong tackler that does a great job slipping or fighting through blocks. I haven’t seen from it on film, but looks like he could be an outstanding blitzer as well.
Williams brings added value as a returner. It’s likely he’ll have a role and can make an impact returning punts and kicks at the college level.
Like I mentioned, he is a natural nickel and considering how nickel is base for many teams, that is a great thing. I do think he could play on the outside as well. I don’t see him being a guy who is limited to sub-packages against bigger run-heavy teams.
Williams has the potential to be an instant impact defender and might just be a day one starter at nickel if he gets the opportunity. It would be great if he was a few inches taller and he would be a no doubt 5 star if he was. Regardless of that, he has the elite athletic tools and a relentless competitive nature that makes me think he could end up being an All-American at some point down the road.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach)