For our latest Diamond in the Rough featured athlete, we take a trip to Natchez High School in Natchez, Mississippi. Darius Williams is a 6’2, 200 pound athlete who can play either linebacker or defensive end for the Bulldog defense. Natchez High plays some stiff competition, so Williams will be a key player in their defense next season. There are very many qualities to Darius’ game that stand out. He has a very quick first step, which is very evident when watching his film. He runs a 4.55 40-yard dash and this makes it easy to get around his competition. As a three sport athlete, playing football, playing soccer, and running track really all help him prepare his body for the football field.
Tell me a little bit about yourself, like where are you from and how old were you when you started playing football?
“My name is Darius Williams. I’m from Natchez, Mississippi, and I’m 17 and started playing football at 6 years old.”
Do you play any sports other than football or is it just strictly football for you?
“The sports I play other than football are track and soccer.
How would you describe a good teammate?
“I describe a good teammate as a brother who has your back on and off the field and tells you when you slacking off and stays on you.”
What are your main strengths as a defender?
“My main strengths are my length and speed to where I can adjust and a middle of a play.”
What are some things you can improve on for next season?
“Some things I can improve on are my mentality and getting even faster.”
What are your goals for this upcoming season?
“My goals for this season are making the playoffs and taking everything one step at a time.”
How has the recruiting process been so far for you? Any offers? Or any interest from schools?
“The recruiting process has been hard no offers or interest. I can just trust in God and play hard.”
Why should a college start recruiting you or continue to do so?
“A college should recruit me because I think I’m elite. I always want to help the team on and off the field and win.”
Are there any college or pro players that you model your game after?
“Micah Parsons is who I relate my game to.”
How do you enjoy playing at Natchez? How do you see their offense playing this coming season?
“I enjoy Natchez High’s offense. I help whenever they need me whether it’s to block or catch a pass.”
How would your teammates describe you?
“My teammates would describe me as cool and funny teammate who just want to get better. Also, a person who makes them better.”
How do you balance your school and football?
“I balance school and football out pretty well. My academics come first no matter what.”
Do you have a role model or someone who has helped along your journey so far?
“Yes, my role models are my coaches. They see the potential in me and push me to do my best.”