Tyrone Williams is one of the best players from the Jacksonville, FL area in the Class of 2020.
The 5-foot-10, 175 pound Williams, who attends Atlantic Coast High School, is an ATH who plays quarterback, wide receiver, safety and linebacker.
Williams previously played for the M.O.T Cowboys and Matthew W. Gilbert Middle School.
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Additionally, WIlliams was selected to play in the Future Stars all-star game.
Being selected to the showcase was a confidence boost that Williams is on the right track in his budding football career.
“It was good because I had a chance to show everyone how I play and what I can do for the team,” Williams said. “It motivates me to keep working hard and grind all day.”
Williams is a two-sport athlete, as he’s also a member of the track team at Atlantic Coast. He explains the symbiotic relationship that football and track have in shaping him into the athlete that he is.
“I love playing football because it’s one of two sports that keep me in shape and makes me want to do good in life,” Williams said. “Track helps me get faster while football helps me get tougher and builds my stamina.”
When Williams broke his hand during his freshman season at Atlantic Coast, it was his former coaches at Matthew G. Gilbert that kept his spirits high.
“My coaches at Gilbert helped me because I lost my confidence at one point and they believed in me. When I played for them, I got my swag back. I played QB and had two undefeated seasons. I then came to Atlantic Coast, broke my hand in a preseason game and didn't get to play the whole season,” Williams said. “It was a minor setback for a major comeback because now this season I can and will play in any position they need me in. The coaches make sure I stay in my books and keep good grades.”
Mike Holloway, who has coached Williams at Matthew G. Gilbert and M.O.T., was impressed with the way Williams continued to grind as he waited to heal.
“He was determined to get back,” Williams said. “The hand took longer to heal then originally thought. He missed almost half of his freshman season last year but once he got back he was ready to help his team.”
Williams outlines the various ways the versatile Williams makes an impact on the gridiron.
“He's always around the ball as a safety. At wide receiver he has soft hands and gets open,” Holloway said. “As a quarterback he can make all the throws and he has experience playing the position because he's played it all his life.”
Football and family go hand in hand for Williams.
“Football has helped me stay out of the streets and keep my goals in life,” Williams said. “My main goal off the field is to take care of my family. It’s important to me because if my family is not there for me or I’m not there for them I wouldn’t have been in this situation right now on and off the field.”
Williams has great joy in serving a role in Matthew G. Gilbert’s storied football legacy.
Williams led Matthew G. Gilbert to a city championship his seventh grade year after the starter broke his hand in the first game of the season. Holloway says a drive orchestrated by Williams when he was in eighth helped secure another city championship.
“My favorite memory playing football is when I won my first middle school ring in the 7th grade,” Williams said. “That’s my favorite because I had the best coaches and teammates that believed in me to lead the team to get a championship.”
Holloway vouches for Williams’ relentless dedication and tireless work ethic.
“He's going to give you his all at every position. He doesn’t mind putting in the extra work,” Holloway said. “His dad is a coach so he stays busy. He runs hills, lift weights, and does beach workouts. They’ve got a little crew who he goes to train with.”
Holloway says that Williams’ ability to play multiple positions enables him to have a detailed understanding of each.
“Well he plays multiple positions so that helps him when he's on the playing field,” Holloway said. “By him playing quarterback and wide receiver he knows what routes team may run when he's at safety.”
Williams explains his mindset and the importance of being a jack of all trades.
“The important things I learn in each position I play is how to execute the ball in each play,” WIlliams said. “If I’m at wide receiver, learn the position so I’m able to catch and get yards. If I’m at quarterback, make sure that me and my wide receivers are coordinated so that we can get points on the board. Being able to play in all of those positions will help my team so that if anyone gets hurt or not stepping up to the plate, I’m there to step in and make things happen.”
Williams patterns his style of play after some of the best at his positions.
“I look up to Odell Beckham, Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman,” Williams said. “I look up to them because they all have great footwork that I can learn from.”
Holloway details the areas of improvement he wishes to see Williams work on.
“Tyrone needs to improve on being more vocal by just demand more out of his teammates,” Holloway said. “Also continue to work on the little parts of his game as a whole such as throwing, catching, and running.”
Williams would love nothing more than to continue the lineage of his family as the next graduate at the University of Florida.
“My dream college is Florida because a lot of my family graduated from there,” Williams said. “It would mean a lot to me because that’s where my family went was and they’re my favorite college.”
Holloway envisions Williams making his mark both athletically and academically.
“He is very knowledgeable about the game of football and a very good student as well,” Holloway said. “He should be a very good athlete on the next level.”
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