<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Signed ????? my parents dreamed of this day I turned it to reality I’m not done ???????????until my parents no longer working a 9-5???????? God we gone make it happen <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Gogreen?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Gogreen</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoWhite?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoWhite</a> ???? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NationalSigningDay?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NationalSigningDay</a> <a href="https://t.co/77mHB3hf00">pic.twitter.com/77mHB3hf00</a></p>— Davion (@on_the_com_up_) <a href="https://twitter.com/on_the_com_up_/status/943988556191731712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 21, 2017</a></blockquote>
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#16 Michigan State officially added multiple players to its 2018 recruiting class as 20 players took advantage of the first Early Signing Day Period earlier this week, including Belleville 4-stardefensive back Davion Williams, who had been committed to the Spartans since mid-June.
Spartan Nation recently caught with Williams’ high school coach, Jermain Crowell to talk about what the Spartans are getting in the standout defensive back who played just two years of football at the high school level.
Crowell said that when he first arrived at Belleville three years ago, one of his top priorities was to convince Williams to come out for the football team, and while he didn’t come out as a sophomore, Williams took the field for the Tigers as a junior and has only improved since.
“An athlete, a supreme athlete,” he said. “I met Davion my second day at Belleville, but before I got there, coach Matt Dixon, a basketball coach at Cass Tech explained to me that Davion had Donovan Peoples-Jones-type athleticism in basketball and thought he’d be a hell of a football player, so as soon as I got there, he was one of the first people I was looking for.”
Spartan Nation founder and Editor Hondo S. Carpenter, Sr. has said that Williams, “Is the LeVeon Bell, Kirk Cousins or Darqueze Dennard of this class. I think he is the best player and a super young man.” That his high praises from a man who has done this for so long and has a track record of calling out underappreciated gems.
While he played just two years of prep football, Williams proved to be a highly coveted recruit as he entertained offers from 17 programs, including UCLA, Iowa, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Illinois, Purdue, Iowa State and Indiana before officially signing with Michigan State.
Crowell told Spartan Nation that he feels that if the 6-foot-2, 185 pounds standout defensive back had played football for all four years of his time in high school, he believes that he would have been one of the nation’s top cornerbacks for the 2018 class.
“I think that had the kid played football from the ninth grade all the way through – and I don’t get into that star rating system – but I think he’d be one of the top corners in the country, like one, two or three, something in there or as an athlete,” he said. “I didn’t do a very good job of assessing his hand-eye coordination or his ball skills, he’s got really great ball skills, when they first started recruiting him, coach Samuel wanted him to be a receiver and because I’ve coached so many defensive backs, I was like it’s more unique to have a big DB that’s 6-foot-1 or 6-foot-2 than it is to have a 6-1, 6-2 receiver so there would be a higher value placed on him as a corner. But some of his bigger plays for us were at wide receiver; the kid can be special, very, very special.”
Not only is Williams a top football player in the state of Michigan, but he is also one of the state’s best basketball players as he is a four-year varsity player for the Tigers and starts alongside Michigan State basketball recruit Gabe Brown for Belleville. Williams also held a handful of offers on the hardwood before making the decision to play football at the collegiate level.
But with Williams is just months away from suiting up for the football team, Crowell said Williams is simply an elite athlete and will continue to show that when he arrives in East Lansing.
“He’s a super explosive athlete,” he said. “He’s got a 40-plus inch vertical, he’s a 4.4 (40-yard dash) kid. He’s an athlete and he’s raw. I was watching the basketball game yesterday and I swear he took off from the free throw line. He’s explosive.”
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