2012 Lineman Eyes Big Season

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Defensive lineman Nigel Williams enters his junior season as a 2-year starter for the Benedictine Cadets (Richmond, VA). The 6-3, 245-pound prospect earned VISAA Division 1 second-team all-state honors as a sophomore and, after a successful summer in which he performed well at camps at Virginia and Virginia Tech, is set for a big junior year.

“I think they both like Nigel, but I’m sure they’d like to see him play his junior season,” said Benedictine head coach Greg Lilly, whose standout prospect attended UVa’s Big Man Camp on June 19 and Virginia Tech’s one-day camp on July 10. “There are no offers yet, but they are interested.”

A 3-sport athlete at Benedictine, Williams is also a good student who earned honor roll each of his first two years. Williams’ success on and off the field is a testament to the work he puts in.

“Every coach should be lucky enough to have a kid like him,” Lilly said of Williams, who plays basketball and lacrosse in addition to football. “Whether it’s in the classroom, in the weight room, or on the practice field, he always goes all out.”

Williams primarily played defensive tackle as a sophomore. This season, the versatile prospect will see action at all four defensive line spots in Coach Lily’s defense.

“Nigel has a good combination of explosiveness and size,” Lily said. “He is not as explosive as [former Woodberry Forest DE/LB Aramide] Olaniyan, who signed with UCLA [in the 2010 class]. And he is not as wide as [former Woodberry Forest DT Duke] Mosby, who will play at Wake Forest, but Nigel is a combination of both. He runs well and he gets off the ball.

“From day one, Nigel has performed. He is a defensive lineman with a good motor. He gets off the ball well. He has always had the ability and he is improving.”

Williams is getting college looks as a defensive lineman, but he has shown potential as a tight end as well.

“He has been running very well this offseason,” Lily said. “He has been running consistently in the 4.8s in the 40 this summer. He has run a little faster for us at times, too. This offseason, I’ve been excited by what he has shown on offense. We’ve played some 7-on-7 tournaments and he has looked great at tight end. He has caught the ball in space and made some people miss.”

As he has done throughout his first two years, Williams will keep working. He plans to

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