To say yesterday’s National Signing Day was a big news day for 2020 college football recruiting would be both an understatement and overstating the obvious, but in the hoopla, news regarding a 2021 or 2022 prospect might get lost in the flood information. American Heritage High School class of 2021 defensive back James Williams Tweeted he is ready to name his top-three schools and will be making that announcement on his birthday on February 15th.
A 6-foot-5 and 218 safety, Williams holds over 28 scholarship offers from Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, South Carolina, and Tennessee to name just a few. The Bulldogs offered Williams back in November of 2018 during his sophomore year, and back in September, he named UGA as one of his top-five schools in addition to Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, and Miami.
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 home game versus Kentucky in October and then again for the Texas A&M game in November.
Per Adam Lichtenstein of the Sun-Sentinel, Williams played his junior high school varsity football at Western in Davie, FL, but after the 2019 season, he transferred back to American Heritage where he played as a sophomore. He plans to play his senior year and finish out his high school at Heritage.
“…Williams has played at three schools in his high school career. He started at Miami Monsignor Pace before transferring to American Heritage for his sophomore year. He played for Western as a junior, and he will finish his high school career back at Heritage.
Williams has had a difficult childhood. His mother was killed when he was 5 years old.
The 2021 star has excelled wherever he played…”Adam Lichtenstein, Sun-Sentinel
247Sports rates Williams as a five-star prospect, the No. 1 safety, the No. 1 player from the state of Florida, and the No. 5 overall recruit nationally for the 2021 class currently. Rivals also rates Williams a five-star prospect, the No. 1 safety and No. 1 player from the Sunshine State. Rivals ranks Williams as the No. 13 overall recruit in the country for 2021.
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.
UGA FOOTBALL 2020 RECRUITING CLASS:
Carson Beck | 4-star QB | 6-foot-4 | 225 lbs | Mandarin HS, FL
Austin Blaske | 3-star OL | 6-foot-5 | 278 lbs | South Effingham HS, GA
Daran Branch | 3-star DB | 6-foot-2 | 178 lbs | Amite HS, LA
Warren Brinson | 4-star DT | 6-foot-4 | 305 lbs | IMG Academy, FL
Major Burns | 4-star S | 6-foot-2 | 175 lbs | Madison Prep Academy, LA
Jermaine Burton | 4-star WR | 6-foot-1 | 190 lbs | Calabasas HS, CA
Jalen Carter | 4-star DT | 6-foot-4 | 305 lbs | Apopka HS, FL
Daijun Edwards | 4-star RB | 5-foot-10 | 201 lbs | Colquitt County HS, GA
Broderick Jones | 5-star OL | 6-foot-5 | 275 lbs | Lithonia HS, GA
Jalen Kimber | 4-star CB | 6-foot-0 | 170 lbs | Mansfield Timberview HS, TX
Cameron Kinnie | 3-star DL | 6-foot-3 | 265 lbs | Collins Hill HS, GA |
Chad Lindberg | 4-star OL | 6-foot-6 | 315 lbs | Clear Creek HS, TX
Ladd McConkey | 3-star WR | 6-foot-0 | 175 lbs | North Murray HS, GA
Kendall Milton | 5-star RB | 6-foot-1 | 220 lbs | Buchanan HS, CA
Tate Ratledge | 4-star OL | 6-foot-6 | 322 lbs | Darlington School, GA
Kelee Ringo | 5-star DB | 6-foot-2 | 205 lbs | Sanguaro HS, AZ
Justin Robinson | 4-star WR | 6-foot-4 | 205 lbs | ELCA, Mcdonough, GA
Marcus Rosemy | 4-star WR | 6-foot-3 | 195 lbs |St. Thomas Aquinas HS, FL
Mekhail Sherman | 5-star OLB | 6-foot-2 | 235 lbs | St. John’s College HS, Washington D.C.
Arian Smith | 4-star WR | 6-foot-2 | 180 lbs | Lakeland HS, FL
Nazir Stackhouse | 4-star DT | 6-foot-3 | 305 lbs | Columbia, HS, GA
Sedrick Van Pran | 4-star OL | 6-foot-4 | 305 lbs |Warren Easton HS, LA
Darnell Washington | 5-star ATH | 6-foot-7 | 260 lbs | Desert Pines HS, NV
David Willock | 3-star OL | 6-foot-7 | 330 lbs | Paramus Catholic HS, NJ
Jared Zirkle | 3-star K |6-foot-3 | 190 lbs |Tivy High School, TX
Tre’ McKitty | TE | 6-foot-5 | 245 lbs | Transfer from Florida State
Jamie Newman | QB | 6-foot-4 | 230 lbs | Transfer from Wake Forest
2020 PREFERRED WALK-ONS (10)
Cade Brock | DL | 6-foot-0 | 250 lbs | Darlington School, GA
Chris Brown | OL | 6-foot-5 | 300 lbs | Islands HS, GA
Jehlen Cannady | ATH | 6-foot-0 | 170 lbs | Westside HS, Macon, GA
Miles Johnson | OL | 6-foot-5 | 300 lbs | Fannin County HS, GA
Austin Kirksey | QB | 6-foot-3 | 205 lbs | Transfer from Nevada
Kurt Knisely | ATH | 6-foot-0 | 190 lbs | Athens Academy, GA
Braxton Lee Hicks | WR | 6-foot-2 | 195 lbs | Rabun County HS, GA
Jackson Muschamp | 3-star QB | 6-foot-1 | 185 lbs | Hammond School, SC
Patrick Taylor | DB | 6-foot-0 | 175 lbs | Johns Creek HS, GA
Weston Lee Wallace | 3-star OL | 6-foot-5 | 330 lbs | Gatewood HS, GA
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