Thursday, October 22, 2009

East Carolina lands ‘sleeper’ Georgia MLB

The Pirates may have smuggled a good one out of Georgia in 6-foot, 260-pound Terry Williams of Grayson High in Loganville, Ga.

“He’s probably the best player I’ve ever coached,” said Grayson coach Mickey Conn moments ago. “Not too many kids I’ve ever coached have his leadership abilities; the kids just follow him. He’s a winner, and he takes it personal when he or the team doesn’t do well.”

Conn said Williams was drawing most of his attention from smaller schools, like Kent State, Eastern Michigan, Samford and Georgia Southern.

“The bigger schools want that height,” he said. “But East Carolina, they’re smart enough to see the big picture. He’s the hardest-hitting player I’ve ever coached.”

And Williams is playing at the state’s highest level—Grayson is 8-0 in Class 5A.

Williams, who has 4.8-second speed, has more than 60 tackles, including an interception, seven pass breakups and five sacks. He’s also scored two TDs while playing FB.

“In college, he could play wherever they need him to—linebacker, defensive end, defensive tackle,” Conn said. “Even fullback.

“He raises the level of the play of the kids around him.”

--Stan Olson

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