February 15, 2010

Dontae Williams: Best is ahead

The geography of the State of Texas is starting to become more familiar to Duck fans. Darron Thomas, Blake Cantu and LaMichael James were the most recent results of Oregon forays into the football savvy Lone Star State. After the Class of 2010 reports to Eugene, the number of Texas natives on the roster will double. Oregon recruiting hit Texas hard this past year, plucking three gems from the fertile gridiron region: Lache Seastrunk, Josh Huff, and Dontae Williams.

Location isn't the only thing the newest three have in common. Like LaMichael James, they all played running back in high school. For Huff, the move to Oregon will be a move to the position he played as a sophomore, wide receiver. Seastrunk is likely to stay at running back for his career. Dontae Williams will arrive in Eugene as a ball carrier as well. Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell is excited about his potential.

"Dontae's best football is ahead of him as a running back," said the 27-year Oregon coaching veteran. "He didn't get a lot of carries as a junior because he played a lot of linebacker. This year he was focused as a true running back. Don't get me wrong. The times they did let him carry the ball as a junior he showed some talent. That's why we continued to recruit him as a running back as a senior."

Williams is a physical football player. Film of him running the ball shows he likes to take on tacklers, and a single defender rarely brings him to the ground. He also has good vision and patience in choosing his lane, but definitely focuses on getting north and south. On defense, Williams is a sturdy tackler with good lateral movement. Though he is one of those recruits whose defense and offense are equally strong, he will arrive in Eugene playing for Campbell.

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