Before the the EA SPORTS Elite 11 QB camp, we talked about each of the 12 quarterbacks and what we expected out of them. When Isiah Williams' name came up, we said we thought he might struggle early on in the camp, but also had the most room for growth of anyone and that's just what happened.
Williams, 6-2, 210 pounds was the runner up behind Jake Locker when the counselors voted for Most Improved camper during the week and won awards for Best Feet and Most Likely to Play First in college. He started off slow the first two workouts but by the third workout, Williams was as impressive as anyone in the camp.
For starters, Williams has an absolute cannon and the second best arm we've seen this year behind only Matthew Stafford. On the final day of the camp after the last workout, the counselors wanted to see a distance contest between the quarterbacks and Williams launched his first throw 75 yards in to the wind.
Article Continues Below
Along with his arm strength, Williams also has a quick release, is very accurate and has excellent mobility. He also showed he's a quick learned and was able to pick up the different coverage's much better as the week went along. On the first couple of days, he would make a throw and when we asked him why he threw where he did, he would reply, 'I don't know, I just tried to throw it hard.'
As the week went on though, he was much better at understanding where to throw the ball and why. Once Williams really masters this part of the game, always the toughest part for the HS quarterbacks, the sky is the limit as physically, the Illinois native is off the charts in terms of his tools.
Williams gave an early commitment to Illinois but told us during the camp that he wanted to take a few more trips before February.
"I would say I'm 98% committed to Illinois," Williams said. "I like the coaching staff a lot, the location is great for me, there's a chance for early playing time and the school has great fan support. I just watched how exciting the basketball program was and how everyone got behind them, I think the same could happen for football there.
"Ohio State was my second choice and I still want to take a visit there. I also want to visit North Carolina and of course I'm going to visit Illinois. There is a lot of time between now and February so who knows what could happen but Illinois is still looking good right now."