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#17 – Juwaan Williams

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Oregon Ducks defensive back Juwaan Williams, a freshman from Tucker High School (Tucker, Georgia), enters his first season in the Oregon program.

Before joining the Ducks, Williams dominated as a dual-threat quarterback and safety. As a junior he threw for 558 yards and seven touchdowns while rushing 82 times for 617 yards (7.5 YPC) and 11 touchdowns. He also recorded 13 tackles and three interceptions while be named to the Rising Senior Bowl. As a senior he completed 40-of-80 passes for 703 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for 752 yards on 103 carries (7.3 YPC) with 11 touchdowns. His accomplishments netted him first-team All-Dekalb Country and All-Region honors offensively and appearances in both the East-West and Georgia-Florida All-Star games.

Williams earned three-star honors from Scout, Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports. Scout listed his assets as body control, hands and instincts while knocking him for his back pedaling quickness and tackling ability.

Here’s one evaluation of Williams:

“Williams is a smooth athlete that plays quarterback in high school, but will change positions on the next level. He could play safety, cornerback, or wide receiver in college. He is a natural athlete, he runs well, and he has very good ball skills. Scout projects him as a free safety because of his range, intelligence, size, hands, and ability to make plays and lead at that position.” – Chad Simmons

Williams had offers from Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and many other Division 1 programs.

Going into the 2013 season, Williams will almost certainly redshirt as the Ducks boast one of the best secondaries in the country. But with three out of four starters for the upcoming season likely to be leaving the Ducks, Williams could see extensive playing time in 2014.

Williams is a versatile play-maker who brings electrifying football whenever he’s on the field. Sound familiar? That was the same description of star athlete De’Anthony Thomas. Now, I’m not saying that Williams is in the same level of talent as Thomas, but he is an electrifying player who can play a multitude of positions.

Reading the scouting reports and looking at his 6’1″ 180 lbs frame, he seems like the perfect corner back in the Oregon system. He could be the replacement for Terrance Mitchell or Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

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