2024’s Maurice Williams is being compared to T.J. Watt | Youth1

2024’s Maurice Williams is being compared to T.J. Watt

Maurice Williams is one of the best players from the Houston, Texas area in the Class of 2024.


The 5-foot-11, 160-pound Williams, who attends Legacy School of Sports and Science, is a dynamic player that works on both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and outside linebacker.


Williams, who plays for the Southside Ducks Youth Football, has earned plenty of recognition during his outstanding youth career, such as: Little league MVP, CCE Showcase Best WR Award and is a six-time track and field Junior Olympian.


Williams is humbled by the accolades.  


“It means a lot because I get a lot of exposure and experience from the opportunity,” Williams said. “It was a great experience because I got to meet and play against different kids with talent as well.”


No matter the opponent, on each snap Williams is determined to give it his all.


Williams is going all out.


The motor is always at full throttle whenever Williams steps between the lines.


“My mindset is to dominate my opponent and do my job,” Williams said. “I want the opponent to not get anything easy when I’m on the field.”


Williams has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Williams tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.


“I really love the excitement and passion I feel playing football,” Williams said. “I love being in the locker room after we win and getting to enjoy it with everyone.”


Williams has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.


The main one is applying perspective to all situations.


“Football has taught me so much about life,” Williams said. “It has taught me how to keep my cool and have patience.”


Williams recalls his favorite football memory.


“My favorite memory is scoring three touchdowns to win the state championship,” Williams said. “It was a special moment that I’m never going to forget. It was great to celebrate with my teammates.”


Mike Pittman has coached Williams for three years with the Garden Villa Giants, the Houston Hurricanes, and the Southside Ducks.


Pittman explains the best parts of Williams’ game.


“Maurice plays outside linebacker on defense and wide receiver on offense. He’s a sound receiver but at outside linebacker he’s a difference maker basically by the way he diagnoses plays,” Pittman said. “His techniques are textbook, he uses them to help him diagnose plays well.”


Williams takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Williams makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.


“I demonstrate being a good teammate by uplifting my teammates when needed and keeping everyone together. It’s a brotherhood I'll always keep with me,” Williams said. “I tell them to keep their heads in the game and understand our ultimate goal.”


Pittman adds that Williams is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.


“He’s not much of a vocal leader but through his preparation and way he practices is second to none,” Pittman said. “That kind of attitude is contagious and rubs off to the team in a positive way.”


Williams is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.


“I have learned so much from my coaches about how to be a better player and person,” Williams said. “I have learned how to be a better all around player and to become better at my position. They tell me to not let anyone get in my head and mess up my game.”


Pittman is an advocate of Williams’ capabilities.


“He’s made a countless number of big plays. Any time I was looking for someone to make a play he’d be the one to make one,” Pittman said. “We wouldn’t have the success we did without his contributions.”


In addition to making clutch plays, Williams also has a high level of football IQ as well.


Williams is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.


“He’s a very hard worker, motivated by not always being considered one of the best. He’s worked his tail off to change a lot of people’s thoughts,” Pittman said. “He wants to get better every day and it shows in his preparation.”


Pittman explains why he compares Williams to this player.


“I would compare him to one player like T.J. Watt, was overlooked by many but through his hard work and pure grit to get better, he’s transformed into a straight baller,” Pittman said. “He’s a sure tackler, who can also rush the passer, and cover.”


Williams patterns his mentality after this standout.


“I look up to Lamar Jackson because I like his playing style and the swag he had when he does play,” Williams said. “I try to take that attitude on the field at my positions.”


Williams  is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.


“My goal on the field is to win and my goal off the field is to work hard and do my job and be competitive in the classroom also,” Williams said. ““I want to make my family proud of me in everything that I do.”


Williams has his sights set on becoming a Florida State Seminole or Texas A&M Aggie.


“They have both have a good football and educational program,” Williams said. “I would love to play for Jimbo Fisher or Willie Taggart and help them win a national title.”


Williams lists math as his favorite subject in school.


“I love math because of how challenging it is,” Williams said. “Math is a subject that you need to know in the real world.”


Pittman outlines the areas of improvement that will take Williams’ game to the next level.


“Field awareness is one thing he needs to work on, meaning just understanding what people are trying to do to him and just understanding what he has to do to counter it,” Pittman said.


Pittman believes the sky is the limit as long as Williams continues to stay hungry.  


“His potential is through the roof,” Pittman said. “Because of his size and speed there’s almost nothing he isn’t able to do on the football field and doesn’t necessarily have to have the ball for you to see it also.”



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