Name: A.J Williams
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Ratings: ESPN – NR*, Scout – 3*, 247 Sports - NR*
Recruitment: A.J Williams is a slightly less heralded recruit than fellow TE commit Devin Funchess, but he has a pretty impressive offer list. I think Michigan State might have been the main competition here, although I’m not even sure if he visited them. He took a visit to Michigan last month and really bonded well with Coach Hoke, and that proved to be a key factor in his early commitment.
Offers: Michigan, Michigan State, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Vanderbilt, N.C State, Boston College, Louisville and West Virginia.
Stats: Currently stands at 6’5 and 260lbs, and runs in the 4.9s for the forty yard dash. He plays in a run heavy option offense, so very few pass catching opportunities for him.
ESPN Analysis: None available.
Scout Analysis: None available.
Improvements: Will need to work on consistently catching the football and route running. But his blocking skills will be pretty good entering college.
Film Highlights: Link here. (Short)
Final Thoughts: Williams is a true blocking TE who could well grow into an offensive tackle if he puts on 30lbs. He loves blocking and getting pancakes, but also catching the football, so he wants to stay at TE in college if possible. It’s always nice to have a backup plan though.
In theory Williams could contribute as a freshman, because he already has the size and strength to be used in blocking situations. When he steps on campus in 2012, he’ll more than likely be the biggest TE on the roster, so assuming his blocking technique doesn’t need too much work, he could see some playing time in run heavy formations.
Williams became the 6th commitment in Michigan’s class of 2012, and the 3rd from Ohio. In fact all the prospects committed so far are from either Michigan or Ohio.