May 21, 2012

For Williams, it's more than just football

GoBlackKnights.com caught up with Tyler Williams, who has already registered five offers San Diego State, Army, Colorado, Air Force and Yale.

Williams, who is out of Oro (Ariz.) by the way of Ironwood Ridge High School is one of those unique athletes who seems to excel no matter what position he is called upon to play.

At Ridge High they run the spread offense that contained several options schemes, where he encountered lots of reads, although this season it appears the "O" will passing the ball more this year.

In 2011, the 5-foot-11, 180 pounder rushed for 1,100 yards, 870 yards passing, 24 total touchdowns and on the defensive side of the ball he pulled down 2 interceptions.

Williams' primary position is quarterback and safety, along with corner on defense. As such, colleges are recruiting him and have him penciled in at a variety of spots.

"Honestly it kind of depends what school we are talking about," he shares. "Army has been talking to me about me playing some "Q" up there and primarily on the offense side of the ball. Then San Diego and those other schools want to use me on defense."

And what is Williams' preference at that next level? "But for me, I just want to play Division I football."

In the classroom, he is just as effective where he maintains a 3.5 GPA and says that academics lead the way when it comes to narrowing down where he will end up attending college.

"I want to find a school with a great education with is more important to me than football," offers Williams. "But also a school where I connect with the coaching staff."



With offers from Army as well as Yale, what are Williams' thoughts about playing in the Northeast region?

"I plan on leaving the state of Arizona, but I don't want to go to a place where it's too cold," declares Williams. "However, I am not discounting anyone or any school."

"I want to learn more about Army. I don't want to rule out Army because of the service commitment. I want to learn more about them, they are very intriguing and very appealing to me. I know that West Point has a lot to offer academically and life after football."

Beyond The Stats

As much as Williams enjoys and embraces the game of football, if there is one defining characteristic that calming jumps out when speaking to the student athlete, who maintains a 3.5 GPA ... that would be his faith.

"I'm a Christian, first and foremost and that plays a huge part of my life," declares Williams," who only has his parents to look at as positive role models. "My dad is a pastor actually and I think they raised me the right way."

It really doesn't impact my college decision too much, because obviously I'm going to remain the same person no matter where I go. I know there will be other guys who have the same type of faith I do, but I'm comfortable across the board.

Some folks feel that all Christian athletes have to be like Tim Tebow ... be very outspoken like that and although I think was he's doing is great, that's not the case obviously.

Clearly Williams was taken the path of what one old-time Baptist minister once said that "it's sometimes better to see a good sermon, than hear one."

Either way, Tyler Williams talents and temperament on the field, in the class room and life in general appear to represent many quality sermons.

In addition to football, Williams is effective on the track where he runs the 4x100, 4x400 and 200M, along with having a personal best time in the open 100M of 11.05. The well rounded athlete is also a member of Ridge's basketball team.



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