Michael Williams, defensive end, Dunham School (La.)
FYI: 6-2/240; 3 stars; No. 521-ranked player in 2018 class
Committed: Jan. 22
Scouting report: Williams is a big-bodied end who can hold the point of attack against the run and get after the passer in 1-on-1 situations. He’s not a true pass-rushing defensive end and is raw in his technique on the outside. His athletic ability is intriguing and his upside is the reason Texas offered him late in the cycle and made him a top priority. The Texas staff likens Williams to fellow Louisiana native Malcolm Roach.
Roach also was an under-recruited defensive end out of Louisiana who shocked most by becoming an impact player for the Longhorns as a freshman. It’s likely that Williams gets to sit, learn and provide depth at defensive end.
Texas doesn’t need Williams to become a viable option as an every-down defensive end as a freshman since Roach and Charles Omenihu will be on campus for 2018. That’s good news for Williams, who could use a season to polish his technique, add strength and learn the position. That doesn’t mean Williams can’t arrive on campus and push for time.