Monday, March 11, 2013
2016 Dallas QB emerges at NUC event
By Damon Sayles
DUNCANVILLE, Texas -- The era of Jacoby Williams (Dallas/Skyline) taking snaps for one of the nation’s most respected football programs was thought to be a year or two away. But after the weekend, the Skyline community might have something to think about as the 2016 quarterback put on a show at the National Underclassmen Combine.
Williams on Sunday was named NUC MVP for quarterbacks in his class, showing poise and accuracy with his throws. After a strong year on the freshman team, Williams is expected to compete for the starting varsity job at Skyline during the offseason with rising senior Sheridan Copeland.
Williams doesn’t fear the competition. He’s taking the advice of another Skyline quarterback into the offseason.
“I talk to DeVante about once a week. He always tells me to be a leader,” said Williams, referring to Ole Miss signee DeVante Kincade. “He said the team is always looking at what you’re doing, so it’s best to always lead by example. Always work hard and be the first one at practice and the last one to leave.”
At 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, Williams already has the size to play at the varsity level. His coaches believe his field intelligence could be his strongest asset. How he competes against players older than him is the biggest question, but Williams will have the opportunity to answer those questions in upcoming camps and combines.
“I’ve been talking with people trying to get him in the Elite 11 [regionals],” Skyline recruiting coordinator Jason R. Garrett said. “If he gets that, that’ll be his first piece of exposure. I still want to see what he can do on a varsity level, but he’s going to be special someday.
“As far as him at Skyline, he’s competing to be the guy next year. I’ve never been around a quarterback who’s as smart as he is at his age. I’ve never seen a quarterback who can break down schemes and defenses like he does.”