2007 Top Target: LB J’Courtney Williams

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Because of an injury, J’Courtney Williams had only modest numbers in the 2005 season. A shortened-season aside, the 6-3, 218-pound Christchurch (Christchurch, VA) star is extremely athletic and talented and has earned five official Division 1A scholarship offers and is drawing interest from schools across the country.

Williams began his Christchurch football career as a sophomore, when he manned the tight end and defensive end positions for head coach Ed Homer. Williams had a tough start to his junior season in 2005, suffering torn knee cartilage in the first game of the year. The injury kept him on the sideline for five games.

Williams returned to the lineup for the final three regular season games as well as the VISFA Division 2 semifinal playoff contest versus Lynchburg Christian. In total he finished with eight receptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns at the tight end position. Defensively, he finished the year with 30 tackles including five sacks and made two interceptions. He contributed on special teams as well, averaging 24 yards per return.

“Courtney is a very smart young man who has great speed, athletic ability and who loves sports,” Homer said. “He just loves to compete. Sometimes you have a big kid, sometimes you have a strong kid, sometimes you have a fast kid and sometimes you have a smart kid…but Courtney is all of those wrapped into one.”

College coaches are primarily after Williams as an outside linebacker. He has five official offers at this point – Louisville, Maryland, Mississippi State, Virginia and Virginia Tech – and is drawing interest from a number of others including East Carolina, LSU and Michigan State.

Both Virginia and Virginia Tech have known about him since at least last summer.

“Earlier in the fall, Coach Cavanaugh said that Courtney was a talented, good-sized athlete,” Homer said. Williams and other Christchurch teammates attended VT’s summer camp last year. “It was the same thing that Coach [Al] Groh said. They both feel he’s real athletic.”

If Courtney was to make a decision soon then one school may have the edge, but Homer does not expect his star to make a decision any time soon.

“If he was deciding tomorrow, I think Virginia would be the choice,” Homer said. “UVa was in on Courtney very early. They made a [verbal] offer two days before our season started.

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