Michigan Football Recruiting -- A.J. Williams (TE) -- 2012 Verbal Commit -- Profile

Posted at 6:00am — 4/23/2011

GBMWolverine: Michigan Football Recruiting — A.J. Williams (TE) — 2012 Verbal Commit — Profile

GBMWolverine readers: Here is a brief overview of recent verbal commitment A.J. Williams from Sycamore High School — Cincinnati, Ohio.

Height: 6’6
Weight: 260
Number: 88
Current Position: Tight End
Future Position: Tight End/Offensive Line
City/State: Cincinnati, Ohio
High School: Sycamore
Head Coach: Scott Dattilo
Recruiter: Coach Mark Smith
Committed: 4/22/2011
Top 5 other Offers: Arkansas, Boston College, Illinois, Michigan State, and West Virginia.
Rankings: 24/7: 3-star … ESPN: 3-star … Rivals: 3-star … Scout: 4-star.
40-Time: 4.9
Shuttle: 4.6
Bench Max: 235
Squat Max: 415
Vertical: 30″
Class: 2012 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).

Friday certainly was good for Michigan football with the commitment of two players listed at the tight end position.

Strangely both, one, or none of the two may play tight end two or three years down the road.

Here are brief GBMWolverine overviews on the new commits.

Overview:

AJ is a huge high school tight end who could play either tight end or offensive tackle at Michigan.

At spring camps he demonstrated excellent measurable, including a sub 5.00 second forty and recorded a 30-inch vertical.

AJ also tested well in the squat and bench.

Strengths:

Williams is a Wolverine

As expected, with his size, AJ is an excellent run blocker.

He just crushes defenders with a combination of power and quickness and can be overpowering when run blocking.

AJ moves his feet well and shows enough quickness to reach and hook defensive end’s.

Sycamore is predominately a running team, so Williams has limited chances to show off his hands.

However AJ did catch well at the camps he attended.

Needs work:

AJ’s agility will need to improve, he is a bit stiff through his hips.

Also, he has to improve his footwork and bend his knees and will also need to improve his get off and quickness.

Final Thoughts:

We welcome A.J. Williams to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine believes he will likely red-shirt his first year or that is our hope, but with the lack of talent level at the tight end position or not sure anybody will step up he might be forced to play before ready at the tight end position. If he comes in as a offensive linemen he will red-shirt.

A.J. Williams reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Pittsburgh Steelers — Heath Miller — who plays Tight End.

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