Junior DE Mykel Williams Receives Multiple Power 5 Offers
HARDAWAY HAWKS FINISHED THE 2019 SEASON (7-4), FALLING IN THE FIRST ROUND OF GHSA AAAA PLAYOFFS
Right in Columbus, there’s a four-star defensive end at Hardaway High School, Mykel Williams. WLTZ put the junior defensive end’s power and speed to the test. Williams is extremely athletic, and he credits his speed to the COVID-19 offseason footwork drills.
“A lot of footwork. Most linemen don’t worry about that, but that’s what I pride myself on,” said junior defensive end Williams. “I’m on that ladder like two times a day. Mostly getting off the ball. My get-off got faster, and power came with it.”
Williams works hard off the field and in the classroom. Hardaway Head Coach Michael Woolridge really noticed Williams potential in fall 2019 against the big city matchup against Carver.
“He played the third game of the season last year, and his first sack I was like, ‘Man this kid is a monster!,'” said Woolridge. “His first game he probably had 2 or 3 tackles for a loss, and 2 or 3 sacks. We were like he’s ready.”
The junior stands tall at 6’5”, 255 pounds, and has multiple college offers from Power Five schools, such as Georgia, Alabama, Auburn and Clemson to name a few. Plus, he joins the elite 2022 All-American Bowl roster.
“Oh yeah, that was big. That was my dream since I was a kid,” said Williams. “I’ve always been a grinder, just told myself to keep grinding and keep pushing myself.”
As a sophomore, Williams tallied 60 tackles, 12 sacks and 15 quarterback hurries. He has high expectations for the Hawks this year.
“I want to take us to state, and my personal goal anywhere between 15 to 20 sacks,” said Williams. “About 60 tackles, somewhere around there.”