Trey Williams is a 5-8, 170-lb. running back from Houston, Texas. He's fast, shifty and has great vision, with talent you can't help but compare to LaMichael James.
The comparison is a great compliment, but Williams is likely to create a legacy of his own, and with a little luck it could be at Oregon. Until recently he was all set to go to home-state Texas A&M, but the Aggies recently fired head coach Mike Sherman, and that has the 4/5-star prospect reconsidering his options. Duck coaches recently made a visit to see him, and Williams has declared his intention to take his trips, to TCU, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, and Oregon.
Quick to the hole and decisive, his stats are amazing: over 4200 yards and 38 touchdowns in his sophomore and junior years, he achieved over 1100 yards and 14 touchdowns in the first 5 games of his senior year, leading a team that was 12-2 and headed deep into the Texas State playoffs.
Williams has a rare burst and uncanny vision, running with tremendous power and determination. He's a hard worker who's likely to get stronger and even more effective as he transitions to the college game.
It's incredible to think of him taking carries in the Oregon offense, and in the highlight clips, he shows good hands out of the backfield also. He'd be a great fit, and Chip Kelly and Gary Campbell would do a terrific job of teaching and developing his skills. But five of the top schools in the country are in the running. His recruitment will be a highlight film all its own.
Big weekend for the bears, lots of big names visiting this weekend hope there is a snowstorm in Berkeley.
If I was Trey I'd want to play in the Oregon offense over the other schools, the Ducks are always near the tops in the country in rushing offense and a consistent top 10 program. Wish he could talk to LaMichael.
JMH--thanks for the update. Jordan IS a dynamite recruiter, and it's altogether likely Williams stays home. Can't blame Duck fans for wanting him, though.
Williams has a great running style for the Oregon system and he'd be a great fit, if he likes it. He's developed a great relationship with the A&M running backs coach, and if he's retained, that will be a big factor in Williams' decision.
@jasart I agree however you have to take into consideration playing time which in his case might not come for some time. His cuts and vision are nearly identical to LMJ so it would be great if we could somehow land this kid. We've landed some pretty big RB's lately, it would be nice to get another speedster like this guy.
MT, jas, lexus--
Cal does a phenomenal job in recruiting. less phenomenal in coaching up their talent-laden roster. They've underachieved for eight years.
Williams is a fantastic fit for the Oregon offense, quick, strong, with great vision. The success of LMJ, Barner and DAT, plus Jeremiah Johnson before them, shows readily how effective a smaller back with great acceleration can be in this offense, and Chip Kelly is a master at getting the ball to playmakers in space. If he comes, he could have a fabulous career in this system, showcasing himself for the opportunity to play at the next level.
It always interesting to see what factors are most important to a given recruit. Location, Chance to Win, Playing Time, Coaches, Style of Play, Prestige all have different impacts on different kids. Sounds like Williams has a great opportunity to play at A&M, and the location has to be a big plus, being close to home where his family can attend all his games.
The Ducks got a guy in Byron Marshall who'll be a good fit in the offense also be a great fit in the offense, and they're still in the running for DJ Foster. Williams is a longshot for them, but a lot of recruits wait until even Signing Day to make a decision. Last year the Ducks picked up Jake Fisher and De'Anthony Thomas very late, and both were a surprise, huge gets.
@LFJeremy@Dale Newton I can't imagine the Ducks wouldn't offer him if they thought there was a chance he'd come to Oregon. The fact that they haven't yet makes me think Trey isn't giving them much hope. Too bad because this guy could win the Doak Walker and lead the nation in rushing in this offense. Thanks for the A&M angle JMatt. :)