Q&A with Chase Williams

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Loudoun County (VA) linebacker/tight end Chase Williams became Virginia Tech’s 17th commitment of the 2010 class last week, when he pledged to head coach Frank Beamer over a handful of offers that included ACC rival Miami and former Big East rival West Virginia. The 6-3, 240-pound prospect racked up 163 tackles last season as a junior and is looking for greater success as a senior, as he enters the 2009 season in great shape following a big-time off-season training program.

Williams, the son of longtime NFL coach Gregg Williams (current defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints and former defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins), is rated the 13th best prospect in the state by TechSideline.com.

Q&A with Chase Williams

TSL: With your father being an NFL coach, have you been able to work with some of the best athletic trainers in the off-season? Who is the best trainer you’ve had?

Chase Williams : “I’ve been very fortunate in that. The best ever trainer I’ve had is my older brother, who trained me this off-season. He was the strength coach with the Jags for one year and now he’s an offensive assistant on the New Orleans Saints coaching staff. He is a weight room phenom. He has taken my training to a whole new level. Being down there [in New Orleans] allowed me also to do some film study at night with my dad.”

TSL: What has your training consisted of this off-season?

Chase Williams : “The training has been in four week micro-cycles to reach one goal. Between each cycle, there is a week of rest. If I come back from a rest week and don’t perform well the first day back, that day and the next day probably wouldn’t be too fun. A typical day, especially once school let out, would be three workouts a day. Each day would consist of lifting and running. Going into this off-season I weighed 212 pounds. Coming into this season, I’m going to start out at 242 pounds and I’m running faster. I’ve had better conditioning. I’m really comfortable where I’m at with my body weight and size to play my best.”

TSL: How long has football been a big priority for you?

Chase Williams