I am not sure how many of your remember this but we featured this kid preseason in our No Doubter series. The No Doubters were kids matriculating to ninth grade form middle school we were predicting to crack the varsity lineup while still freshmen.
We published that article on April 19, 2021. We likened Williams to Anderson County’s former great and present full scholarship member of the Marshall University’s “Thundering Herd,” Darion Dearinger.
We predicted back then that Williams was, “…one of the top-5 guys in Kentucky’s ’25 class regardless of position. [Williams] and…Austin Alexander, [were] battling it out for the top-spot among commonwealth DEs…Kentucky-wide. It [was] anybody’s ball game [then], with no clear leader.”
We are now closing in on a year since writing the above passage. We are of the same opinion today as we were then.
Post-freshman year, Preston Williams performed as we expected. He was brilliant.
In 10-games of varsity run, Preston Williams was third on the team in tackles (46) and was second on the team in TFLs (9). He was selected to the FBU (Football University) National Class of ’25 all-American team.
William’s has the frame schools covet (6’3,” 240-pounds), the speed (4.80, 40-yard dash), and athleticism (4.4-second shuttle, 25-inch vertical, 105-inch broad jump). The kid is on target in the strength and power department (230-pound bench press, 360-pound back squat) with an entire offseason to move both numbers into the astronomical range.
This kid still resembles a mid-major to Power 5 type prospect to us. This kid is still listed by us in the top-two in his graduating class at the DE position. If Coach Graham’s Thorobreds can find a few more horses like Williams, those 3-9 seasons may fade into the corner of Harrison County’s mind.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
*Editor’s Note: We have been contacted at the magazine and told Preston Williams is in the process of transferring to Madison Southern. We discussed it and decided there is a vast difference between “being in the process of transferring” and “having transferred.”
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