Class Impact: Chantz Williams to Miami

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2020 Oakleaf (FL) DE Chantz Williams committed to the Miami Hurricanes today.


The 6-4 240 pounder is currently a consensus 4-star recruit in the national rankings. According to the 247Sports Composite, Williams is the #85 player nationally, #4 WDE in the country, and the #12 player in the Sunshine State. His commitment moves Category20 to the #8 class ranking on 247Sports and #5 on Rivals.


The Player

Williams has been pursued by Miami since his freshman year of high school, as he landed his UM offer back in March of 2017. UM was considered his early leader, but things seemed to change after the Canes’ poor 2018 season and Mark Richt’s retirement. After naming the Canes to his top 5 in February, he eliminated UM in June with a top 3 that did not include Miami. Miami never gave up here though, and DL coach Todd Stroud continued to pursue Williams even harder. Williams decided to give UM another chance and he found he had the best relationship with the Miami staff of any of the schools recruiting him. The move will also reunite him for another 4 years with Oakleaf OT teammate Jalen Rivers, who committed to Miami last month and certainly played a role in the Canes’ comeback here as well. Williams chose UM over UGA, Florida, LSU, and Texas A&M.

For the second consecutive year, Williams was named 1st Team All-County as a junior at Oakleaf in 2018. Williams is a standout in basketball and was named 1st Team All County in hoops during the 2018-2019 season; he also holds the Oakleaf career rebound and blocked shots record. Williams runs track as well. Williams most recently tested at the Opening Finals earlier this month and recorded a 4.66 40-yard dash, a short shuttle of 4.63, and a vertical leap of 35.9 inches. His SPARQ score of 107.52 was the best among linemen at a star-studded event.

On film, what I like about Williams is that his feet never stop moving. His first step is devastating, and it’s tough for offensive linemen to square-up on him. Williams rushes in with good lean and dips low to propel himself around the edge. He flashes disruptive qualities and is a master at shooting gaps, seemingly always finding a window to knife his way into the backfield. Took the next step in becoming a complete defensive end by making improvements against the run as a junior. Impressive ability in backside pursuit to shut down runners. Shows the ability to maintain edge integrity and contain discipline; would like to see him stack and shed blocks more often.

Watching Williams at the Opening Finals earlier this month, he flashed a few times, especially in his reps against Marcus Dumervil, who many felt was the best lineman there. Williams used his speed and hands more effectively on those reps. However, he got manhandled a few times and can struggle if he doesn’t beat his man off the snap. I also thought he wasn’t using his speed to his advantage enough and instead tried to go through a lot of guys with power rushes far too often. Still, this was against the most elite offensive tackles in the country; it’s clear his upside is through the roof and he has the potential to develop into a dynamic pass rusher with some quality coaching.


The Class

Williams’ commitment brings the total class numbers to 22 and he is the third true DE in the class along with Mallard Creek (NC) 3-star Quentin Williams and Dublin (GA) 3-star Romello Height. Columbus (FL) 3-star Elijah Roberts is swingman that could end up at DT down the line, but Miami will start him out as a DE and move him inside for special packages. With Williams’ commitment, the Canes are likely done at the defensive end position, but may keep in touch with a few prospects just in case things change.


The Team

The Canes lose seniors Trevon Hill and Scott Patchan at DE following the 2019 season, while junior Jonathan Garvin could potentially leave early to head to the NFL. All three are expected to contribute heavily in the defensive line rotation this season, so Williams and his fellow classmates will have plenty of open playing time to absorb if they can prove they’re ready. However, the Canes have really been stacking some serious young talent at end, including guys such as Gregory Rousseau and Jahfari Harvey who have been making big waves in practice, as well as 5-star UCLA transfer Jaelan Phillips. The competition for reps should be a good one in 2020.

Williams had a long and lanky build the past few seasons, but has really started to put on good size in the last year, so it’s safe to say he will be physically ready by the time the 2020 season rolls around. Williams is going to be one of the top 2 or 3 defensive ends on the roster in terms of pure talent from the moment he steps on to the field for Miami, so at the very least he’ll be seeing rotational minutes as a freshman. He has a clear path to a starting job by the time he is a sophomore in 2021.

 

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Nice! Good news for the weekend
 

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2020 Oakleaf (FL) DE Chantz Williams committed to the Miami Hurricanes today.


The 6-4 240 pounder is currently a consensus 4-star recruit in the national rankings. According to the 247Sports Composite, Williams is the #85 player nationally, #4 WDE in the country, and the #12 player in the Sunshine State. His commitment moves Category20 to the #8 class ranking on 247Sports and #5 on Rivals.


The Player

Williams has been pursued by Miami since his freshman year of high school, as he landed his UM offer back in March of 2017. UM was considered his early leader, but things seemed to change after the Canes’ poor 2018 season and Mark Richt’s retirement. After naming the Canes to his top 5 in February, he eliminated UM in June with a top 3 that did not include Miami. Miami never gave up here though, and DL coach Todd Stroud continued to pursue Williams even harder. Williams decided to give UM another chance and he found he had the best relationship with the Miami staff of any of the schools recruiting him. The move will also reunite him for another 4 years with Oakleaf OT teammate Jalen Rivers, who committed to Miami last month and certainly played a role in the Canes’ comeback here as well. Williams chose UM over UGA, Florida, LSU, and Texas A&M.

For the second consecutive year, Williams was named 1st Team All-County as a junior at Oakleaf in 2018. Williams is a standout in basketball and was named 1st Team All County in hoops during the 2018-2019 season; he also holds the Oakleaf career rebound and blocked shots record. Williams runs track as well. Williams most recently tested at the Opening Finals earlier this month and recorded a 4.66 40-yard dash, a short shuttle of 4.63, and a vertical leap of 35.9 inches. His SPARQ score of 107.52 was the best among linemen at a star-studded event.

On film, what I like about Williams is that his feet never stop moving. His first step is devastating, and it’s tough for offensive linemen to square-up on him. Williams rushes in with good lean and dips low to propel himself around the edge. He flashes disruptive qualities and is a master at shooting gaps, seemingly always finding a window to knife his way into the backfield. Took the next step in becoming a complete defensive end by making improvements against the run as a junior. Impressive ability in backside pursuit to shut down runners. Shows the ability to maintain edge integrity and contain discipline; would like to see him stack and shed blocks more often.

Watching Williams at the Opening Finals earlier this month, he flashed a few times, especially in his reps against Marcus Dumervil, who many felt was the best lineman there. Williams used his speed and hands more effectively on those reps. However, he got manhandled a few times and can struggle if he doesn’t beat his man off the snap. I also thought he wasn’t using his speed to his advantage enough and instead tried to go through a lot of guys with power rushes far too often. Still, this was against the most elite offensive tackles in the country; it’s clear his upside is through the roof and he has the potential to develop into a dynamic pass rusher with some quality coaching.


The Class

Williams’ commitment brings the total class numbers to 22 and he is the third true DE in the class along with Mallard Creek (NC) 3-star Quentin Williams and Dublin (GA) 3-star Romello Height. Columbus (FL) 3-star Elijah Roberts is swingman that could end up at DT down the line, but Miami will start him out as a DE and move him inside for special packages. With Williams’ commitment, the Canes are likely done at the defensive end position, but may keep in touch with a few prospects just in case things change.


The Team

The Canes lose seniors Trevon Hill and Scott Patchan at DE following the 2019 season, while junior Jonathan Garvin could potentially leave early to head to the NFL. All three are expected to contribute heavily in the defensive line rotation this season, so Height and his fellow classmates will have plenty of open playing time to absorb if they can prove they’re ready. However, the Canes have really been stacking some serious young talent at end, including guys such as Gregory Rousseau and Jahfari Harvey who have been making big waves in practice, as well as 5-star UCLA transfer Jaelan Phillips. The competition for reps should be a good one in 2020.

Williams had a long and lanky build the past few seasons, but has really started to put on good size in the last year, so it’s safe to say he will be physically ready by the time the 2020 season rolls around. Williams is going to be one of the top 2 or 3 defensive ends on the roster in terms of pure talent from the moment he steps on to the field for Miami, so at the very least he’ll be seeing rotational minutes as a freshman. He has a clear path to a starting job by the time he is a sophomore in 2021.

Man, you are a fast typer! :)
 

BeastMode

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Love this kid as a prospect but I must say in this video, his getoff is less than impressive. I know... the sparq and all that, maybe it was just the video.
Possibly added too much weight to quickly. Went from around 200lbs to 230 range pretty quick. Couldn’t be adjusting to all that. His metrics are off the charts and it shows he will respond well to enrolling early and hitting the weight room. He just needs to learn more technique stuff. I don’t see how he doesn’t play as freshman next year.
 

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Greg Rousseau, Nesta, Jahfari Harvey, Jaelan Phillips, Chantz Williams, Elijah Roberts, Q. Williams, Heights. Dear God, I pray for those going against our D-line in 2020-
You forget about Ford and 4 star Blisset who will
Have a year of strength training under his belt. Still have jordan Miller. All in all, d-line is loaded for a couple years it feels like.
 

g8rh8rMD

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You had this one in the bag already huh? Lol
I think we all kinda did. This one's been all over but the gaytor tears for a little bit. We are very fortunate that they decided to drop him from their class, but we have to watch out, should they change their minds, it will be very easy for them to flip him any time they want.


On a related note... It's too bad Manny can't recruit.



/loads of sarcasm for those Sheldon's of you out there
 
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