June 17, 2007
Williams a star among stars at UT camp
When one takes a look at Round Rock (Texas) McNeil defensive back Aaron Williams, it's easy to start making comparisons to some of the great defensive backs in recent Longhorn history.
His size and frame remind many of Quentin Jammer. His mannerisms on the field evoke memories of Nate Vasher, while his versatility as a player bring to mind the playmaking skills of former Thorpe Award winner Michael Huff.
At the recent one-day mini-camp at Texas, almost every player on hand mentioned Williams as one of, if not the most impressive performer of anyone on hand. Still, with some much going for him as a young player, one of the qualities that stand out the most about him is the humility that he's shown every time the spotlight begins to stand alone on him for too long.
Even on a day when he was able to dazzle onlookers with his ability, Williams would prefer to focus on his future teammates.
"I thought I had a good day," Williams said. "I was really impressed with some of the other guys. Dan Buckner impressed me a lot. He's really good. He plays as hard as he can all the time. Everyone was good. I thought Jeff Fuller was really god. So was Emmanuel Acho and D.J. Monroe."
As far as all the fuss about his performance is concerned, Williams said it wasn't the most important thing he took from the experience.
"We had a fun time and it was fun to compete. I thought everything was really good," Williams said. "I got to meet a lot of guys - guys from Denver, Dallas and Houston. I enjoyed getting to meet more of the commitments in our class."
With the Texas camp behind him, Williams will spend some time focusing on his high school's preparation for the upcoming season. In fact, after helping lead McNeil to a first place finish in the Lake Travis Seven-on-Seven qualifying tournament last weekend, fans will get a chance to see Williams' talents up-close at the upcoming state tournament in College Station.
"It's the first time we've qualified, so we're excited about it," Williams said. "The last game was really excited. It came down to a last-second touchdown. It's going to be fun to play (at state)."
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