When Shakenneth Williams offered his commitment to the Georgia Bulldogs on Friday afternoon, not too many batted an eye; the reason for that was probably due to the fact that a fair majority of those who follow recruiting regularly have seen a lot more print on Tennessee’s Josh Malone than Georgia’s Williams. Plain and simple. He was virtually unknown by many until this past spring when he began tearing it up in camps—starting with the Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp (NFTC) in June.
At the NFTC Williams not only showcased his athleticism, completing a 34.9 vertical jump and running 4.47 40, but performed well all-around, opening the eyes of many a scout in attendance. A good showing at the Mark Richt Camp (in June) would follow and would result in his gaining the one offer that would make all the others null and void; it was clear Williams wanted to remain in-state and all that was left for him to do was make it official—he finally did so at Dawg Night.
The 6’1, 196-pound, Williams is just a good player with the football in his hands. Whether he’s going up for a ball in traffic, receiving it in a Wildcat formation, or acting as a running back, he makes good decisions with the ball in his hands. He may not be the most explosive off the line, but he’s got great technique in man-to-man situations and know how to get the separation he needs to get off the line and make the play. Furthermore, he’s a physical player. He’s not afraid to take a hit or administer one—just tough, gritty, and determined to make yards happen.
Even more, that aforementioned vertical makes him beastly where making the big-time catch is concerned. He’s going to win more than his fair share of jump balls at the next level and I have zero doubt that his versatility as a ball-handler will come in handy in the future.