Name: Kenneth "PJ" Williams
High School: Vanguard (Ocala, FL)
Status: Verbally committed to Florida State
With the start of Spring football it is time to hit the film room to break down Florida State's current commits and recruiting targets. At TomahawkNation we like to show specific examples of what we look for in a prospect's film, not just listing his strengths and weaknesses. Today we look at Florida State's first commitment for the 2012 class, Vanguard defensive back Kenneth "PJ" Williams. PJ Williams is from Vanguard High School in Ocala, Florida. He committed to Florida State in July of 2010.
Player Comparison: Denver Bronco CB Perrish Cox/ Aaron Ross/Reggie Nelson( Before NFL)
Strengths: One of the most versatile players in the entire nation who plays safety, cornerback, kick returner, and punt returner for his high school. Williams is a tall, long corner back prospect who has the speed and hips that you normally don't see for a player with his height. At corner, he has the athleticism and fluidity to keep up with faster wide receivers, and the size and toughness to handle the bigger more physical wide-outs The first thing that you notice when you watch WIlliams' film is that he is not scared to come up and support the run, showing great form tackling in the :10 second, :31, 2:37 and 2:42 highlight marks, which we like to see from cornerback prospects in a Stoops defense. Williams pursues with good angles and leverage on the ball. Tackles with good pad level and pop. Very comfortable around the football when it's in the air, tracks it accurately, adjusts his body well and displays his 35 inch vertical going up to high-point the football in the 1:31, 2:06 ESS (2nd video), 2:28, 2:37 ESS, 5:47, 7:22, and 8:17 highlight marks. Williams also shows his elite acceleration to plant and eat up cushion before the ball gets to the wide receiver in the 2:13, 2:49, and 6:30 highlight marks. Williams long, high cut frame allows him to cover a lot of ground and shows great range in deep zone coverage. Displays quick, decisive diagnosing skills in zone coverage. He does an excellent job of reading the quarterback, seeing underneath routes develop and anticipating passes. Williams utilizes his exceptional body length to get between ball and receiver; resulting in a lot of broken up passes.
Weaknesses: It is hard to gauge Williams' weaknesses at corner back because he mostly lines up at safety for Vanguard High School. While Williams shows great ball skill to make a play on the ball, he needs to work on his hands at the next level as shown by the dropped balls at the 2:26 ESS mark, 2:37 mark, 2:42 mark and 5:47 highlight mark . Williams who is usually a good form tackler will sometimes resort to leading with his shoulder and not wrapping up the ball carrier as show in the 3:02 mark, 6:32 mark and 7:04 highlight mark. It will also take Williams time to adjust to playing strictly cornerback at the next level and learning coverages. Coverage technique and footwork could also use some polish as well.
Final thoughts: PJ Williams has all tools you look for in a cornerback for the Mark Stoops defense. He has physical tools you can't teach with 10.68 100 meter speed, a 35+ inch vertical jump and great hips in a 6'1" package with great length. Besides Xavier Rhodes, Williams might be the most physically gifted cornerback prospect that Coach Stoops has ever worked with, though Antrelle Rolle and Antoine Cason will also have a say. With his physical tool set we feel PJ Williams can be a multiple year starter at Florida State, with a great shot at making the NFL one day.
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Inside, find the film!
Please keep in mind this is film from his sophomore season. We are anxiously awaiting free, embeddable film from his junior year.