Checking In On Nigel Williams

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Nigel Williams ‘ high school football career came to an end last weekend. Obviously, the Benedictine (Richmond, VA) star would prefer to be preparing for the VIS Division 1 semifinals, but he is pleased with what he accomplished in his four years and looks forward to what awaits him in Blacksburg.

“I think we did well as a team, but the record doesn’t show it,” said Williams, whose team finished with a 5-5 record. “I personally have no regrets this year. I improved a lot the past four years.”

This week is all about rest for the 6’3″, 260-pound senior, who started at tight end and defensive end for the Cadets.

“Right now I’m planning on taking one week off since the season ended last week,” Williams said, disclosing his plans for the immediate future. “I’ve been invited to the Chesapeake Bowl (on December 30), so I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing that. And then I’ll be getting my body ready and hitting the books.”

Williams has produced on both sides of the ball in his high school career, but he will begin his Virginia Tech career on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive end is the position the Tech coaches have discussed most, but he very easily could end up on the interior defensive line. At Benedictine, Williams started at defensive tackle his freshman and sophomore seasons before moving to defensive end for the final two years.

“[The Virginia Tech coaches] are still talking about defensive end, but they think I could move in or out,” said Williams, a 4-year starter on the varsity level. He tallied 17.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks last season as a junior. “Primarily, the talk is end right now.”

Williams believes he could play anywhere along the defensive line for the Hokies. He acknowledges, though, that he has become comfortable with playing on the edge.

“The past few years, I’ve progressively gotten bigger and everything. I also got faster. After I got faster, playing defensive end has come a lot easier to me [than defensive tackle],”