Name: Lakiem Williams
Hometown: Tacoma, Wash.
High School: Spanaway Lake
2017 Stats: While playing for Butte College (in California), he had 63 tackles last year, with 3.5 TFLs and an interception.
2018 Projections: Williams only has two years left to play and the Syracuse Orange are hitting a hard reset at the linebacker position. Sooo... sounds like he’s going to be getting some playing time, even if as a reserve.
How’d He Get Here: After a couple years at Butte College, offers from Cal, Houston, Kansas and Toledo came rolling in, but he went with Syracuse instead. Smart man already.
What’d Recruiting Sites Say: 247Sports said three stars, and we’re tempted to believe them.
Money Quote: Williams was happy to share why he picked the Orange over the other (lesser) options. He discussed it with Inside the Loud House.
“I chose Syracuse because of the tradition that they have. There is a lot of history with this University and I want to be able to have my own piece of history as well ! My former QB Clayton Welch was a big boost with my tradition with him being there for a semester, he was able to tell me about the program, and I liked everything I heard ! I took the official visit and loved everything about the University and the coaching staff ! It felt like home as soon as I got off the plane. And there was Kansas, Houston, Toledo, UMass also in my top five.”
Twitter feed: Seems like he’s departed Twitter.
Tweets of Wonder: Dude already means business in the weight room.
What movie would Dino recommend for him?: The 1975 action/comedy film “Brannigan” featured John Wayne, but also Arthur Batanides, who is originally from Tacoma (Lakiem’s hometown).
Interesting Nugget O’Interest: Though Williams plays linebacker now, he’s apparently played quite a few other positions, including running back in high school where he apparently rushed for 1,000 yards.
Let’s Get a Good Look Atcha: Here are the highlights Syracuse was most excited about for National Signing Day this year.