Jordan Williams was just settling in to his role as an outside linebacker at Paris High when he started to develop quite the rapport on and off the field with a veteran playing in front of him at defensive end.
Sed Ellis became something of a mentor for Williams, not to mention a good friend, over the next few months.
Ellis is now an outside linebacker at UNT, which is trying to reunite the two old teammates on the college level.
UNT offered Williams a scholarship a few months ago.
“I played with Sed my sophomore year and we’re are good friends,” Williams said. “We talked when I came down to watch spring practice. I would know someone on campus if I went to North Texas with Sed there. That’s big for me. I enjoyed playing with him. We played on the same side. One of us would make the tackle if the play came to our side just about every time.”
Williams, who is 6-feet and 210 pounds, was a first-team All-District 13-3A selection and was also an all-state selection last season as a junior.
The skill Williams showed on the field and the academic ability that allowed him to earn a spot on the A-B honor roll at Paris has made him a highly recruited player.
Tulsa offered Williams a scholarship within the last few days. He has been in regular contact with SMU and also talked to the coaches at Stanford and Iowa State.
UNT offensive line coach Mike Simmonds is recruiting Williams.
“I’m looking for a great, free education,” Williams said. “I’m going to school for the education first and then football. I want to go to a good school and play.”
Williams likes what he has seen so far from UNT.
“I was talking to my linebackers coach today,” Williams said. “We were talking about the coaches at North Texas and how they like to get after it, but are also friends with the players and like to have a good time.”
Williams is currently playing baseball at Paris and preparing for his senior season. He likely won’t make a decision on where he will continue his career in college until after football season. Once Paris’ baseball campaign is over, Williams plans to work hard in the weight room in an effort to add good weight to his frame.
“I am going to wait until after football season and play it out,” Williams said.
Williams has been doing some research on the schools that are recruiting him in the meantime and noticed he isn’t the only Jordan Williams who has considered playing for UNT. The UNT men’s basketball team also has a Jordan Williams, one who has been among the team’s best players for the last several years.
The Paris linebacker laughed at the coincidence.
If UNT’s football coaches get their wish, there will soon have their own Jordan Williams, this one a top linebacker playing on Saturdays at Apogee Stadium.
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