The Ole Miss offense has been busy this off-season, adding piece after piece to the 2019 recruiting class. Jack Bicknell has been especially busy, adding several offensive linemen and bringing the offensive commit total to eight. But, defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff and defensive line coach Freddie Roach have had enough.
Sam Williams, a four-star outside linebacker/weak-side defensive end from Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, has made the deduction that despite other advances from big-time Power 5 schools, his recruitment is now over, verbally committing to the Rebs.
The junior college product who is originally from Montgomery, Ala. burst onto the scene this Summer, blowing everyone away at the Ole Miss Elite Camp in June. And it wasn’t just 10 days later that he named a top five of Tennessee, Florida Atlantic, Oregon, Ole Miss, and Auburn.
Obviously the Rebs won out in the end and the nation’s No. 9 junior college prospect is a member of the Landshark defense.
The No. 3 weak-side defensive end in the country also holds offers from Kentucky, Maryland, Southern Miss, Texas A&M, and UAB. The freak athlete had a monster 2017 season for Northeast, finishing with 53 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles.
The newest commit is a big one with the turnover on the defensive front staring Roach in the face after 2018. He will have three years to play two once he arrives in Oxford.
How does he fit in?
At 6’5, 250-pounds, you would think he is a shoe-in to play with his hand in the dirt, right? Well, he ran a 4.4 40-yard dash and jumped 40” at the Ole Miss Elite Camp so, not so fast (lol pun). Williams is going to be a lot of fun to watch and reminds me a bit of former JUCO pick-ups Patrick Trahan and Ashlee Palmer.
He is as dynamic as they come these days, with the ability to beat offensive tackles with a speed rush around the corner or a bull rush right through their chest. Where Sam is a bit raw, he makes up for in legitimate play-making ability and athleticism. Sure he needs some fine-tuning, but once he learns a few defensive moves and shores up his hand placement and striking ability when taking on blockers, he has All-SEC written all over him.
Imagine a defensive line room that would potentially consist of Williams, Tariqious Tisdale, Charles Wiley, Ryder Anderson, Brenden Williams, Josiah Coatney, and Qaadir Sheppard. Let that sink in.
His ability to get into the backfield consistently and disrupt the passing game will make him an immediate starter up front for Roach and/or Jon Sumrall and I fully expect him to be a name you hear echo through the Vaught multiple times for the next few years.