Nebraska has one of the biggest recruiting weekends in school history this weekend against Wisconsin with a number of high-profile visitors scheduled to be on campus. Throughout the week, I’ll pick a few visitors to evaluate. Yesterday I took a look at Texas playmaking wide receiver Tommy Bush. Today I’ll take a look at 4-star defensive back commit Chase Williams.
The California prospect plays both ways for Eleanor Roosevelt High School, lining up at safety, cornerback and wide receiver. Williams will be taking his official visit for the Wisconsin game with his mom and sister. He projects as a safety at Nebraska but he is an excellent playmaker with the ball in his hands.
When you pop on his film, you notice right away that he has good instincts for the football and when to break on a pass. He looks more comfortable to me playing with the action in front of him, being able to read and react which is part of what makes him a good safety prospect at the next level.
Something that you will notice with Nebraska’s current safeties is that Joshua Kalu, Aaron Williams, Antonio Reed and Keiron Williams are not afraid to mix it up and be physical. A thread you’ll find in defensive backs Nebraska is recruiting in 2018 is they fit that exact mold, too. Williams is not only a willing tackler but he also plays the game with the edge that you want to see.
As a bonus, I included a clip of him playing wide receiver because this one was too good not to share. The way he plays receiver also shows his physicality, but also just how athletic he is. He does run good routes for a player that is pegged to play defense in college.
Even as a 4-star prospect, I think Williams is an undervalued member of the 2018 class. He has the athleticism, size and instincts to be an impact safety in the Big Ten. His versatility will be key for him finding multiple ways to get on the field as well. Nebraska flat out stole a good one off the West Coast.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.