Nigel Williams Is One To Watch In 2012

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Of junior defensive lineman/tight end Nigel Williams , Benedictine (Richmond, VA) head coach Greg Lilly said, “Nigel was the best player on the field in every game we’ve played.”

The 6-3, 250-pound Williams is certainly one to watch in the 2012 recruiting class. Virginia and Virginia Tech, while they cannot extend official offers until the August before a prospect’s senior year, have expressed high interest.

“UVa, in the conversations I’ve had with Coach [Jim] Reid and Coach [Jeff] Hanson, really likes Nigel,” Lilly said. “Coach Cav from Virginia Tech has been by and talked with me. We’ve had phone conversations about Nigel.

“They’ve both continued to say they really like him a lot.”

Schools all over the country have expressed at least initial interest in the talented junior.

“I’m getting requests for film from several SEC schools, some Big 12 schools, Big 10 schools, and the ACC as well,” Lilly said. “It’ll be interesting in December with who shows interest and who doesn’t. The nice thing about Nigel is that he’s a humble, respectful kid. I’m not sure he’s going to need to be wined and dined like some others. He just wants great academics, great football, and to be coached by honorable men who will make him work. The kid really works his butt off.”

Williams attended camp at Virginia and Virginia Tech this past summer, showing well in both instances and coming away impressed by both places.

“He went up to Virginia Tech, saw the campus and loved everything he saw,” said Lilly, who adds that Williams has not attended any college games this fall. “This summer up at UVa’s camp, he loved everything he saw there too.”

Benedictine’s 2010 season, which just concluded this past weekend, Williams has played tight end and several spots on the defensive line, from a 3-technique to strong-side defensive end. He produced on both sides of the ball, totaling 42 tackles (28 solo) with 17.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks and catching 15 passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns.

“The most impressive thing about him is his intensity and, from a defensive standpoint, running to the football,” Lilly said. “It seems like he

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