In 2008, Euless (Texas) Trinity was one of the most highly-touted teams in the country. With linemen like Utah signee Siosaia Tuipulotu, defensive backs like four-stars Eryon Barnett and Prinz Kande and Nebraska signee Dontrayevous Robinson at tailback, it's easy to see why the Trojans put together an undefeated regular season.
However, with all the big names that contributed in 2008, one player emerged to add a new burst to Trinity's power offense. As only a sophomore, Tevin Williams was the big-play threat for Trinity in 2008. While sharing carries with Robinson, Williams rushed for over 1,100 yards, 20 touchdowns and over 100 yards receiving. Now with the class of 2009 heading off to college, Williams is set to take on feature role at the high-profile program.
"My sophomore year, it was my first year on varsity so I was just getting used to playing at the varsity level and the speed and everything," Williams said. "But I knew I could produce just because I knew the type of player I am. This year, I'm really looking forward to a good season. I've gotten stronger and faster."
With that kind of production as a sophomore against the kind of talent that Euless Trinity faced, it is safe to say that Williams is expected to be a hot prospect in the class of 2011. Williams was unable to attend any camps this summer, instead choosing to focus on track but once the fall hits, the offers may soon follow.
"I had a lot of camps lined up but I decided not to go to any," he said. "I just really focused on working out with this summer track team so that's where most of my time went."
In track, Williams is a standout in the sprints and the jumps. He posted a 10.8 second 100 meter time and jumped 47-9 in the triple jump, making it to the state meet in that event.
Once schools do begin offering the 5-foot-11, 175 pounder, don't expect him to have your standard group of Texas favorites. Williams has an itch to get outside of the state of Texas and has several schools that he is interested in. In fact, the school he most wanted to camp at this summer was the USC Rising Stars camp.
"USC was the college I was really looking forward to going to and being able to talk to and all that," he said. "It was disappointing (not being able to go) but I understand the situation. Being able to get my name out there so all these college coaches see me in camps and stuff I know really hurt me."
Despite not camping very much this summer, Williams still is gaining plenty of interest.
"USC has actually been contacting me," he said. "They're talking to my dad and all that stuff. UCLA has been, I've gotten interest from LSU. Oklahoma, they're showing a lot of interest. Nebraska, Arizona, Arizona State, Kansas, Kansas State and Oregon have all been contacting me a lot."
For his part, Williams knows the schools he is interested in as well. He also has a reason for his nationwide list of favorites.
"The top on my list will be USC," he said. "I really want to hear more from Oklahoma, LSU, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Michigan. I really for some reason don't want to stay in Texas.
"It's going to be college, a new start. It would be comfortable to stay at home but I have high expectations for myself and I want to expand outside of Texas and get my name out there and just be known a little bit more."
Certainly anyone who has seen Williams perform on Friday nights in the Dallas Metroplex knows about the kind of talent that the tailback possesses. It won't be long before word of his talent is spread around the nation, camps or no camps.