It’s been just about a few months since five-star, 2021 defensive back James Williams named his top-three schools of Alabama, Clemson, and Georgia. Now Miami is firmly in the mix.
Since then, the talented junior out of American Heritage High School has been receiving more scholarship offers from programs across the country and is currently favored to the Bulldogs.
UGA offered Williams back in November of 2018 during his sophomore year, and he took an unofficial visit to UGA at the end of last spring in May. Williams was also back in Athens during the fall for Georgia’s home game versus Kentucky in October and then again for the Texas A&M game in November.
247Sports penned this description of Williams:
One of the most rare body types in the 2020 class. Long, streamlined athlete with a massive safety frame that would more traditionally translate to a box defender. Not bulky. Lean and muscled with continued developmental upside. Despite long levers, shows a smooth backpedal and natural defensive back movement skills. Very effective as a single-high safety playing centerfield and tracking down the football. Good ball skills. Shows some good feel in hole coverage navigating intermediate and middle-breaking routes. Has shown good timing and feel as a blitzer. Has the athleticism to make plays on the football and in run support and still stay on his feet and under control. Effective at wide receiver on the high school level. Active ripping at the football and forcing the issue as a disruptor. Despite overwhelming physical tools, more of a finesse defender. Needs to develop a killer instinct as a tackler. Unique size and athleticism combination gives him versatility to be a chess piece as a traditional safety, linebacker, rover or even a situational edge rusher. Will be an impact Power Five starter that projects as a first round NFL Draft pick that offers versatility that we don’t see every year.247Sports
247Sports rates the 6-foot-5 and 218 Williams as a five-star prospect, the No. 1 safety, the No. 1 player from the state of Florida, and the No. 10 overall recruit nationally for the 2021 class currently. ESPN also rates Williams a five-star prospect while Rivals has him as a four-star.
You can watch James Williams‘ most recent highlights from his 2019 junior season by clicking on the video below as well as his 2018 sophomore season highlights in the second video.