Quince Orchard has one junior already on the radar for many top college programs in linebacker Marcus Newby. But Cougars Coach Dave Mencarini believes that classmate Tyrell Williams, a 6-foot, 190-pound fullback who runs (and studies) hard, will attract plenty of attention this offseason as well.
“He is one of the best all-around kids I’ve ever been around,” Mencarini said. “He’s a three-sport athlete – plays basketball and runs track. He’s a good student – he takes five or six AP classes. Combine that with the fact he’s an extremely hard worker. He busts himself everyday. I don’t know where he gets his energy from.”
Williams’s energy was on display this past Friday in a 23-21 victory over Churchill as he took a screen pass and broke several tackles. He is the Cougars’ second-leading receiver and rusher, with 16 catches for 214 yards and has 51 carries for 381 yards.
“He’s a bull,” Mencarini said. “He’s almost like a throwback in terms of being hard-nosed. What you saw the other night with the screen pass happens regularly in our games. Guys don’t want to tackle him. It takes multiple people to bring him down. I wish he played with a lower pad level – a lot of times when he gets tackled he gets flipped because defenders are coming in low at him.”
Mencarini said that he has spoken with coaches from Maryland, Vanderbilt, Duke and Northwestern about Williams, but is unsure what position he will play in college. There is not a high demand for fullbacks at the collegiate level, so Williams’ future could be at linebacker.
“We are fortunate we don’t have to play him [both ways] because we have three other guys” at linebacker, Mencarini said. “He goes in on certain packages on third down. It’s tough. There’s not a lot of money at the BCS level for fullbacks. But he can play at the next level. He just has more experience on offense at this time.”