Emeka Nnoli isn’t the only prospect who is getting looks from D-I schools from Sacramento (Calif.) Natomas. Natomas is the school that tight end/defensive end Mike Williams (6-4, 205, 4.7) and outside linebacker Ryan Stovall (6-1, 190, 4.7) plays for.
Though Nnoli was the main attraction for the over 50 D-I schools that came by the Sacramento campus this past May, there still was significant in his teammates Williams and Stovall.
Williams was an all-league selection as a DE after collecting 11 sacks as a junior.
“Some coaches told they me they thought Mike was the best tight end at the combine (Stanford Nike),” Natomas head coach Terry Stark said.
Williams is somewhat raw as a prospect but he does have the potential to be a special player. He has the overall goods to make a splash on the D-I level.
Williams is very explosive, tough and athletic. Maybe his best attribute is his quickness; his first and second step makes him tough to handle on the line scrimmage whether he lines up on offense or defense.
“Mike has a great set of hands,” Stark said. “He gets off the line of scrimmage. I think he’s going to be pretty darn good for us at tight end.”
Williams is a super athlete who was also selected all-league on the hardwood. He has recorded a 30-inch vertical jump and he benches 275 pounds.
Williams has heard from everyone in the Pac10 except Stanford this past May. Coach Stark told Pac10Recruiting that Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, USC and San Diego State are recruiting his star tight end the hardest.
“Mike is being recruited as both a tight end and defensive end,” Stark said.
Keep your eye on the versatile Williams.
Stovall plays outside linebacker for Natomas, but he projects as a strong safety in college.
“Ryan is very physical and he runs well,” Stark said. “Ryan like my other guys was very impressive at the Nike camp held at Stanford.”
Stovall has a solid bench of 285 pounds, he squats 365 and he has recorded 30 ½-inch vertical jump.
Stovall passes the look test, he’s very impressive. He was selected all-league as junior after racking up 55 tackles and picking off two passes.
The Oregon State, Oregon, Washington State, Washington, UNLV and San Diego State are showing interest in Stovall.
There is one more player for you to write down. You won’t see his name on any LOI list for the class of 2003. Lamar Herron (6-0, 180, 4.4) will be a junior the fall of 2002. But take from Coach Stark his young wide receiver will make Natomas high school just as busy a year from now.
Herron also stood out at the Nike camp and he ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at the Nike combine. He also benched 185 pounds, 18 times. Not bad when you consider that Herron is a wide receiver and is currently a sophomore. His max on the bench is 270 and he squats 335.
Herron was selected all-state underclassman after catching 19 passes for 720 yards while averaging 38 yards per catch and scoring 11 touchdowns.
How is that for production? Are you writing down his name?