The Ole Miss Rebels have kickstarted their 2015 recruiting class with the pledge of Dallas (Texas) Bishop Lynch running back Rawleigh Williams, who took to Twitter on Monday evening to make his announcement:
God is Great. JUST COMMITTED TO OLE MISS!!!!— It's Rawleigh ! (@The3rdRawleigh) April 23, 2013
The pledge comes after a weekend visit Williams and his family took to Oxford to survey the rising Rebels program and it was clear at the time from his Twitter page that he was enjoying his visit immensely. One tweet reads, "I love this place man," while another opines, "I dont wanna leave lol."
As for the commitment, Ole Miss was the sole offer for Williams, who projects as a four-star prospect and is ranked no. 28 on the first LSR for 2015.
Highlight of the night..getting followed by @donte_moncrief ! Lol— It's Rawleigh ! (@The3rdRawleigh) April 23, 2013
Such is the power of Twitter and a big-time follow, apparently.
Considered one of the top running backs in the state of Texas early, Williams has ideal size for the position at 5'11 and 195 pounds.
In late March, Williams ran a personal-best 11.43 100m for Bishop Lynch, so his track speed is still emerging as a sophomore, but he plays much faster than that on the field already and if track remains a priority, Williams looks like an athlete who could shave at least a half second off that time by the time he graduates.
In the end, 100m speed is just a measuring stick for running backs and the body lean and core strength of the new Ole Miss commit allow him to consistently break tackles with superior balance and square shoulders that present a difficult tackling surface to defenders.
Because the Bishop Lynch product does have good natural strength and pad level, as he continues to mature physicality he should be able to help that tackle-breaking ability translate to the college level because he could eventually play at 210 or so pounds with his excellent leverage and ideal center of gravity.
Running backs with good vision often don't need to use supreme lateral ability or jump cuts to pick up yardage. In that regard, Williams separates himself by his decisiveness and the speed at which he cuts, which is often close to his top speed.
Wherever his 100m time ends up, there's no question that Williams is in the discussion as one of the top backs in the state of Texas in what already appears to be an exceptionally strong class because he maximizes his speed on the field and has the blend of speed and power to be a feature back in college.
Rawleigh Williams III-Sophomore Highlights-Class of 2015 (via rjwilliams10rjw)
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