As big, physical and athletic running backs go, Donte Thomas-Williams is one of the nation's best. Now, he'll have the chance to prove it at West Virginia after signing with the Mountaineers.
WVSports.com reported the news:
According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Thomas-Williams stands 6'0" and weighs 220 pounds. He already has prototypical size for the position, but here's the kicker: He also runs a 4.40 40-yard dash. He's ranked as the 226th prospect in the country, the 12th running back and the 11th player from the state of North Carolina.
He was named to the 2014 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl and turned some heads with his performance. Here's what Jonathan Martin of Rivals.com thought of his performance:
Really impressed with Donte Thomas-Williams in the @ODAABowl . He runs with power, and has nice burst of speed. Catches ball well, too.— Jonathan Martin (@JonathanKMartin) January 4, 2014
Keenan Cummings of Rivals.com offered similar praise:
Donte Thomas-Williams with another nice, catch and run. Really impressed when he's had the football in his hands. #WVU— Keenan Cummings (@rivalskeenan) January 4, 2014
Thomas-Williams is listed as a 4-star prospect, and with his measurables it's easy to see why.
How do you think Thomas-Williams will perform at college?
As a running back, the Durham Hillside product is a physical, downhill, one-cut runner who has nice burst once he finds the hole. He's not generally a home-run hitter but has excellent speed for his size and is very difficult to bring down once he gets rumbling.
The fact that he is already big and strong bodes very well for him in the short term, as he's physically ready for the college game, but he also has the potential to become a workhorse grinder that wears teams down late in games.
ESPN Insider (subscription required) has more on the scouting report of Thomas-Williams:
We do not see big play production at the next level—he's more a multi-carry workhorse who will occasionally spring a long run. Possesses the size to develop as a blocker and has experience in the passing game and as a returner. Thomas-Williams has the potential to develop into a very productive every-down back, particularly if lands in a downhill offense. A prospect who could continue to climb the board.
West Virginia secured a sneaky, low-profile signing with Thomas-Williams. He'll have plenty of opportunities to showcase his talents, and he has the look of a player who could become a household name in a few years.