September 4, 2009

Williams outworking opponents

Elite defensive backs are hard to come by but Alabama has been lucky enough to land commitments from several of the nation's top players in the secondary, including Blount safety Jarrick Williams. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect from Eight Mile led his team to a season opening victory over LeFlore last week with a pair of key plays.

"I had a good game overall," Williams said. "I had a big punt return and I recovered a fumble so it was good to make a couple of big plays in the first game. The most important thing is that we won so it was a good start."

Williams, rated the No. 4 safety prospect in the nation by Rivals.com, is also playing offense for Blount this season, lining up as a starting wide out. The dual role is something Williams believes could actually improve his skills as a defensive back.

"I'm playing wide receiver this year as well, which is really fun for me. I like making big plays on either side of the ball but I think it's also kind of a learning experience for me. The more I know about wide receivers and the way an offense runs, the better I will be at defending them. I definitely think playing wide receiver will make me a better DB."

Becoming the second-ranked overall player in the state of Alabama and the No. 72 prospect in the nation isn't something that came to Williams easily. The four-star prospect said he prides himself on his unparalleled work ethic and his natural competitive spirit.

"To me, being a hard worker is the most important thing you can do in football. I was blessed with some talent and ability but I think what sets me apart is that I'm willing to work harder than the hardest working guy on the team. I'm a competitor so when I see someone really giving it their all and working hard, it's just my instinct to try and work even harder. Hopefully my teammates see that and it makes them want to work harder as well."

The Rivals100 member said that while he doesn't yet have a visit to Tuscaloosa scheduled, he does plan on making it to at least one Crimson Tide game this fall. In the meantime, Williams is following the advice of the Tide coaching staff and keeping his focus on his senior year at Blount.

"The coaches at Alabama have just told me to focus on my senior season and keeping my grades in good shape. I'm pretty excited about my future there. I've gotten to know Jalston Fowler and Marvin Shinn pretty well, since we all basically live in the same neighborhood. They are both good guys and hard workers so I'm looking forward to being teammates with them."

As a junior, Williams notched 52 total tackles with two interceptions and eight pass breakups. He boasts a 4.6 forty and a 32-inch vertical as well as a 315-pound bench press and a 505-pound squat.

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