James Williams

  • Pos S
  • Height 6-5
  • Weight 224

Prospect Info

Miami Hurricanes

  • Jersey #0
  • Class SO
  • Age 19

As a Prospect

247Sports Composite®

0.9921
  • Class 2021
  • Committed 7/21/2020
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H.S. Scouting Report

2 evaluations

Evaluated 09/18/2020

Andrew Ivins
Andrew Ivins Southeast Recruiting Analyst

Projection

First Round

Comparison

Jeremy Chinn Carolina Panthers

A unicorn of a prospect. Has been mistaken in the past for a defensive end instead of a defensive back given lengthy frame that’s pushing 6-foot-5, 215 pounds. Isn’t bulky, however. Could add mass and transition into more of an in-the-box defender once in college or try to remain on the leaner side. A ballhawk of a safety that has shown the ability to get from sideline to sideline. Smooth in the backpedal for someone of his stature. Fluid enough to cover a tight end out of the slot. Has a “my ball” mentality which results in plenty of takeaways. Comes downhill in a hurry. Some concerns about physicality did arise during junior season, but flipped a switch as a senior and started seeking out contact when asked to blitz and run the alleys. Will need to learn how to stack and shed if he’s going to be more of a front seven player at the next level. Must also improve tackling technique. Has maintained throughout the recruiting process that he’s a safety, but it wouldn’t be all that surprising to eventually get snaps in a hybrid linebacker type of role. Rare combination of size and skill set suggest he’s a future NFL Draft pick.

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  • Evaluated 02/20/2020 Barton Simmons Former Director of Scouting Read

Athletic Background

2020: USA Today All-USA preseason first-team pick.

2019: MaxPreps Junior All-American first-team selection. Helped Western win a district title and make an appearance in the 8A state playoffs. Made 62 tackles and picked off six passes.

2018: Started at safety for Plantation American Heritage.

2017: Attended Opa Locka Monsignor Pace.

Skills

  • - Versatility 10
  • - Frame 10
  • - Cover Skills 8
  • - Ball Skills 8
  • - Playmaking 8
  • - Instincts 7
  • - Speed 7
  • - Tackling 6
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