Written by Ryan Wright
A long line of offers has come Tice Williams’ (6-2, 190) way with the next level opportunities now being looked over with official visits in mind. Twenty-five D-I teams have laid down a potential roster spot for the three-star Conroe High School (Texas) talent but developing Power Five relationships are keeping options open.
Coming up through the ranks as a two-way player, the speed on the field with the Tigers is being focused at safety.
“We run more of a base Cover 4,” Williams said. “We run a lot of man and zone concepts out of Cover 4.”
Making the transition to Conroe last season, Williams will still line up on the outside on offense, but his offseason grind is all about being a smoother defender.
“I am working on getting stronger, weightlifting, and working on my footwork,” Williams stated. “I am working on getting heavier and my change of direction.”
Extra time was spent on the gridiron this spring with national 7-on-7 travel team Texas Fury.
“Playing with Texas Fury helped a lot,” Williams shared. “That gave me a lot of confidence from playing corner, safety, and nickelback. Even playing on offense, it helped. We were running different concepts. That gave me a lot of confidence and helped me work on my craft against other opponents.”
The improvements in the game are noticeable to Williams.
“I can see night and day improvement,” Williams said. “My footwork is way better and faster. At first when I was at safety last year to now, I have had a year to train; my change of direction is better, and I am moving faster and better than before.”
TCU, Oregon, Texas A&M, and Baylor are among the interested programs that could drop offers. A long list of college representatives made it to Conroe this spring to see Williams.
“Oregon State, Boise State, Colorado State, Tulsa, McNeese State, North Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, Baylor, Columbia, Air Force, Eastern Illinois, Army, Arkansas State, Texas State, Texas Tech, K-State, and most of the Ivy League schools,” Williams stated.
The playmaking abilities have been showcased at SMU, Baylor, and TCU camps this summer. In front of the Mustangs’ staff, Williams balled out.
“At the SMU camp, I learned a lot,” Williams said. “I learned new drills for the summer. My change of direction was good at the camp, and I had 20-plus reps; there were not a lot of safeties there. I won my reps, competed, and showed off my skills.”
Unofficial visits this summer have been taken to Texas A&M, TCU, Sam Houston, and Boise State. Two more trips are in the works.
“Right now, I have Colorado State and Texas State coming up,” Williams shared. “I am taking an official to Colorado State.”
The rapport with the Rams’ coaching staff was shared, “It is really good. We talk a lot; they are really good people.”
Once the wheels are down in Fort Collins, Williams knows what he wants to see and learn.
“For me, especially with football, I don’t care where I play, what is important to me are family, faith, and brotherhood,” Williams said. “Those three things are what I am into. With any program, I am making sure coaches are not two-sided saying what they have to say wanting me to commit. I want to make sure they don’t change once I am on the team. I want to make sure they are not putting on a face just for me to commit there.”
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