Williams Ready to Start VT Career

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Chase Williams ‘ recruiting card

In a little over a month, Chase Williams will officially be a Hokie. The 6-3, 240-pound linebacker prospect out of Loudoun County High School (Leesburg, VA) had planned on enrolling in January, but the realization that he will soon become a college student has recently started to set in.

“I’m ready for it,” said Williams, who will become a full-time student at Tech in January. “I was watching the game last week and watching the seniors play their final game, and that’s when I realized the high school chapter of my book is over.”

Williams’ decision to graduate early from high school and enroll early at Tech was academic and athletic related.

“The motivation for me to do this was the combination of getting in the program and competing next season as a freshman and getting a head start on academics,” Williams said. “Growing up in a football background (his father is New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams), I know the probability is that I’ll red-shirt next season. For me, it’s important to get an offseason in with the team and have spring practice. I can also get the schedule of balancing school and football before the added pressure of the season.”

Loudoun County had a good 2009 season, finishing with an 8-3 record. Williams led the team in tackles from the middle linebacker spot, racking up over 100 tackles in total on the season. On offense, he started at tight end and hauled in 27 receptions for 427 yards. He is being recruited by Tech to play linebacker, a position he has only played for two full seasons on the high school level.

“I feel like I matured a lot as a player,” Williams said. “Just from a technique and fundamentals standpoint, I did a better job instead of just going for the ball. I became more of a true linebacker. I’d take care of my gap and responsibilities.”

At Tech, Williams said, “For now, I’m going in as a linebacker