The crazy few days in TerpNation continue here as Maryland has picked up another good commitment – 2011 DeMatha cornerback Michael Williams. However, after the news of James Franklin’s impending departure to Vanderbilt, Jeremiah Hendy, a 6’1″ cornerback out of Bowie who was one of the Terps’ top commits, has decided to take his talents elsewhere. Hendy had 30 tackles, five interceptions, and 13 total touchdowns this season.
Williams had also been offered by Illinois, Buffalo, and Ohio, and was reportedly getting looks from high-profile schools such as Penn State, West Virginia, and Iowa. Rivals ranks him as a 3-star player and the 18th best prospect in the state, and it’s always good when the Terps can pick up a DeMatha prospect.
He seems to have played both safety and corner in 2009, although most scouts project him as a cornerback. Williams has very good closing speed, and good tackling form. Again, he has good size, which is something Don Brown has been stressing as a need with his cornerbacks (as we’ve seen from Mario Rowson, Makinton Dorleant, and until recently Jeremiah Hendy), and he seems to use it well in coverage. In particular, he covers a fly route very well at around the 1:17 portion of the tape. He moves quickly from shuffling backwards to sprinting forwards, which is a very important trait for defensive backs. He doesn’t seem overly physical, but shows good pressing ability at around 2:14.
This looks like another good secondary pick-up for the Terps. You can never have too much depth.