Class of 2008

Josh Williams

HometownDenton, TX
High schoolRyan

Originally published Feb. 7, 2008 in the Omaha World-Herald

Williams says: "I always thought that Nebraska was the best place for me, and there is new energy there with that staff," Williams told

Did you know?

Williams had scholarship offers from eight of the Big 12 schools.


"From January to June last year, he got in the weight room and put on about 20 pounds of muscle, and went from a Division I player to a top-tier Division I player." -- Joey Florence, Ryan High coach

The gurus say

Williams was a unanimous All-District 5-4A selection, No. 48 in the Texas Top 100 overall and ranked as the No. 20 defensive end by

About Williams

Williams committed to NU, then opened it back up and looked at Texas, Oklahoma State and Missouri -- and committed to Colorado. Getting him back in the fold might be a real coup for the Huskers. Williams possesses a good burst off the edge and was one of the better pass-rushers in Texas high school football last season. Logged 12 sacks and 25 tackles for losses in his senior season. "Good football player, good student and a better kid, and he'll make it at whatever he does," Florence said.

Our take

Look for Nebraska possibly to hurry Williams into action, at least as some sort of pass-rush specialist. Remember, Husker defensive ends accounted for just 6.5 sacks last season. The role suited Barry Turner well in 2005, when he was enough of a factor to make freshman All-American teams. Beyond that, Williams obviously would need to get bigger to become an every-down contributor.

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