Name: Trill Williams
Position: Defensive Back
Weight: 198 lbs.
Hometown: Yonkers, N.Y.
High School: Archbishop Stepinac
2019 stats: Emerged as the starting nickel back in the 4-2-5 defense and continued to impress in his sophomore season. He recorded 38 total tackles including one interception, three pass defenses, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.
2020 projections: If it wasn’t for Andre Cisco, we’d be talking more about Williams as one of, if not the star of the Syracuse Orange defense. His influence in the secondary granted him a promotion to the number one cornerback on the depth chart, which is well warranted. Most fans should be very excited to watch Williams go up against the best receivers in the ACC.
How’d he get here?: Syracuse beat out fellow New York schools Buffalo and Stony Brook for the defensive back’s signature. Williams also turned down offers from Boston College, Pittsburgh, Florida Atlantic, and most importantly Rutgers. Imagine Williams playing for the Scarlet Knights (/shudders).
What’d recruiting sites say?: Four stars from 247sports, but only three stars from ESPN and Rivals. We knew we always liked you, 247sports.
Money quote: The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman profiles college football “Freaks” every year, and Williams joined Cisco on the list for 2020. Running through the numbers, it’s easy to see why Williams is here.
[Williams] is a big, rangy dude at 6-2, 215 pounds. He vertical jumped 40 inches and has been clocked at a laser-timed 4.34 in the 40. Williams, up about 20 pounds since last year, also has benched pressed 225 pounds 17 times.
Twitter feed: @TrillWilliams6
Tweets of wonder: Williams knows the numbers back up his skill.
What movie would Dino recommend for him?: When you talk about Robin Williams films, you have a plethora of options. One of my favorites is “Dead Poets Society,” where Williams’ character, John Keating, encourages his students to make their lives extraordinary with the phrase carpe diem.
Interesting nugget o’interest: Remember that strip at the end of the season against Wake Forest that Williams pulled off in overtime? He’s actually done that before.
Let’s get a look at ya: Speaking of that strip...