Chase Williams commit: What does it mean for Nebraska?
Nebraska continued its recruiting momentum from last weekend's spring game by picking up verbal commitment No. 8 for their class of 2018 on Sunday as Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt athlete Chase Williams announced his intentions to be a Husker.
Here are some quick takes and analysis on what Williams' commitment means to the Huskers.
1. The spring game momentum continues. Nebraska landed four commits last weekend surrounding the Red-White game festivities and while Williams didn't commit while in Lincoln his announcement today was a byproduct of his experience last weekend.
2. The "Calibraska" movement is quite possibly as strong as it's ever been for the Huskers. Now that Williams is on board, half of Nebraska's 2018 class hails from California and all four of them fall inside of the current Rivals250. That's impressive and they aren't done out West yet either.
3. Donte Williams can recruit. It may have taken the new cornerbacks coach a little bit of time to adjust to recruiting at Nebraska, but since landing Rivals100 cornerback Elijah Blades to close out the 2017 class, Williams has now added Rivals100 cornerback Brendan Radley-Hiles and now Rivals250 cornerback Chase Williams for the 2018 class. Oh, and don't forget that Donte gets a big assist for his work with 2017 Rivals100 wideout Tyjon Lindsey last year as well.
4. Williams is a special athlete as he could play either side of the football and play at an extremely high level. The Huskers initially offered him as a wide receiver, but began to recruit him as a cornerback just prior to him visit for Nebraska's spring game last weekend. He's become very close with cornerbacks coach Donte Williams as well as with wide receivers coach Keith Williams.
5. Williams should be a perfect fit to play the field side corner position at Nebraska. He's got outstanding size and length that is hard to find for that position.
6. He's not just a big body either. Williams is a skilled athlete that can run extremely well. He can get physical in press coverage, but he's also got the hips to turn and run with a receiver and the speed to stay with most anyone.
7. Williams has natural ball skills that you just can't coach. He's got tremendous hands as a wide receiver and shows on film the ability to track the ball and make contested catches in coverage. As a corner, he shows a lot of the same abilities, but he also has a knack for turning his head and high-pointing balls for the interception which is something you don't see many kids do as naturally as he makes it look.
8. 2018 Nebraska commit breakdown
4/23/2017 - Chase Williams - CB - 6-foot-1, 175 - Corona, CA - 4 Stars
4/16/2017 - Tate Wildeman - DE - 6-foot-6, 245 - Parker, CO - 3 Stars
4/15/2017 - Manuel Allen - WR - 6-foot-1, 175 - Corona, CA - 4 Stars
4/14/2017 - Brendan Radley-Hiles - CB - 5-10, 175 - Bradenton, FL - 4 Stars
4/8/2017 - Will Farniok - OL - 6-3, 260 - Sioux Falls, SD - 3 Stars
1/18/17 - Eric Fuller - ATH - 5-9, 160 - Los Angeles, CA - 4 Stars
6/17/16 - Masry Mapieu - DT - 6-5, 290 - York, NE - 3 Stars
8/7/15 - Cameron Jurgens - ATH - 6-3, 235 - Beatrice, NE - 4 Stars
9. 2018 commit by position
0 - Quarterback
0 - Running back/fullback
1 - Wide receiver
0 - Tight end
1 - Offensive linemen
1 - Defensive tackle
1 - Defensive end
0 - Linebacker
0 - Safety
2 - Cornerback
2 - Athlete
0 - Special teams
10. Where are they from?
4 - California (Radley-Hiles counts towards California)
2 - Nebraska
1 - Colorado
1 - South Dakota