Four-star defensive end Tim Williams is the latest highly ranked recruit to commit to the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Williams is a big-time 2013 recruit and he's going to be a very versatile player for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Williams is ranked as the No. 2 overall weak-side defensive end in the country according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Greg Ostendorf of ESPN TideNation reports on Alabama's latest commitment:
When he returned home from his official visit, ESPN 150 defensive end Tim Williams named Alabama his leader. Less than 24 hours later, he went one step further and committed to the Crimson Tide.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound four-star prospect from Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab had plans to visit Miami this weekend and was also looking to set up trips to Florida State and LSU, but he says he's done taking visits now that he's made his decision. Williams ranks as the nation's No. 36 player overall and the top player in Louisiana.
Landing Williams' commitment will go down as a huge recruiting win for Saban and his staff—one of many.
Here's my complete scouting report on the Crimson Tide's newest recruit:
- Name: Tim Williams
- Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
- School: University Laboratory School
- Position: WDE/OLB
- Height: 6'4'' (Rivals)
- Weight: 230 lbs (Rivals)
- 40-Yard Dash: 4.6 (Scout.com)
- Rankings: 4-star (247Sports), 4-star (Scout.com), 4-star (Rivals), 4-star (ESPN Recruiting Nation)
Williams is an extremely athletic and fast football player, especially on the edges. He plays with incredible aggressiveness, which allows him to make a ton of plays. He's explosive off the snap of the ball and he'll be a natural pass-rusher at the college level.
He has a strong swim move, and a more than serviceable bull-rush move. Williams uses his hands well to establish leverage, extend and create separation between himself and the blocker. He's also very good in pursuit and in open space.
In the pictures below, you can see how effective his swim move is. He starts off the play in a five-technique off the edge:
Next, he takes a hard cut inside to establish an angle, and you can see that he gets his left arm up on the shoulder of the blocker to that he can push it down and swim his right arm over. This motion allows him to "get skinny" and create less surface space for the blocker to utilize. In the second picture, you can see him swimming his arm over in a quick, concise motion:
From there you can see the effect that move has on the blocker, who Williams is now behind:
He then uses his speed to sack the quarterback on this particular play, but it was all set up by his swim move.
For as aggressive as Williams is, he looked to be too aggressive at times. As a defensive end, his main responsibility was to contain. I watched him come down the line of scrimmage and chase the play far too often and that's something he'll have to work on at the college level, even as an outside linebacker.
His athleticism and agility allowed him to break some fundamental guidelines at the high school level, but in the SEC all it will take is one well-timed reverse or bootleg and Williams will be extremely out of position.
He'll need to develop more of a sense of running lanes and gap responsibilities, but that will come with more experience and coaching.
Williams projects to be an outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense. He's not big enough to be a two gap player as a 3-4 defensive end at the college level, but he is athletic and quick enough to be a very effective outside linebacker in said scheme.
He's great in open space and that will give him freedom to make a ton of plays. Williams said himself, via Ostendorf's report, that he can play either the "Jack" or "Sam" linebacker in the 3-4, and that's where he's best suited.
He'll make a ton of plays in the open field, and I have no doubt that Alabama will find ways to best utilize his aggressiveness.
In time, he could end up being a star outside linebacker for the Crimson Tide.