TAMPA – Ricky Williams Jr. didn’t play football until the 8th grade.
He said he wanted to try it out and found out quickly that he was good at the sport and loved competing.
Fast forward to right now and the rising senior defensive end/linebacker has seven offers currently at his disposal (Buffalo, Akron, Troy, Kent State, East Carolina, Morgan State and Southern Mississippi).
Williams Jr. enters his third season on the Blake varsity team as he is featured at both defensive end and linebacker.
At 6’3″, 220 lbs., the 2018 Yellow Jackets starter added 20 lbs. last summer. He’s aiming to get to the 230-235 pound mark by the fall.
Colleges are looking at Williams Jr. to play outside linebacker. He took a visit to UCF two weeks ago, a school showing interest in him. UMass and Wisconsin are also looking at him as of late.
He said he learned technique the most from his junior season as his ball awareness and situational awareness improved as well with the increased playing time.
Williams Jr. says he’s looking forward to leading his team this season, so they can win a lot of ballgames.
He bounces from defensive end to linebacker but says he actually prefers to play along the line.
“You get more room to operate with technique and get to be aware of the where the ball is at quicker,” Williams Jr. told Prep Sports Scouting.
He pointed to his situational awareness and spin move as his biggest strengths.
Williams Jr. says he’s always aware of what down it is, how much time is left on the clock and what options the offense has.
He’s aiming to improve his overall leadership and the ability to have a positive attitude all the time on the field.
After two years at Blake, head coach Adam Hill left, but it wasn’t before he instilled his ways onto the program. A vocal leader and passionate coach, Hill taught Williams Jr. the will to win and be a core leader. 12-year defensive backs coach Duane Thomas is set to take over as the new head coach.
“He’s a really good coach,” Williams Jr. said. “He [Thomas] always makes sure that it is player first, athlete later.”
Williams Jr. hopes to make it to the NFL after college and he stressed how important education is to him as he plans to major in sports administration.
A very soft spoken and straight to the point kid, Williams Jr. matured before our eyes this past season. As he continues to get stronger, the better and more determined he’ll get. His college market is heating up and rightfully so.
Look for Williams Jr. to take over the reigns of this defense with pass rushing senior Demetrius Powell headed to college. The Yellow Jackets are in good hands.
Favorite players to watch – Myles Garrett
Playlist before games – Future, 50 Cent and Ludacris
Favorite movies – Friday
Favorite TV shows – Empire
Fun fact about you that nobody knows – “I’m very curious. I’m just curious to learn about life and the world.”
Nickname(s) from teammates or friends – “Rick” or “Tall”
Game film: Williams Jr.’s Hudl tape
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Jake Perper is the founder of Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.