By Chad Dixon
Deondrae Williams has been one of the constants of the Smiths Station football team over the past three seasons and on Dec. 20, he signed his letter of intent to play for the Naval Academy.
“He is one of the best all-around kids that I have had the privilege to coach,” said Smiths Station Head Coach Adam Fossett. “He is a class act on and off of the field. We have four pillars for our team: character, commitment, honor and pride. He demonstrates all of those traits.”
In 22 games, he had 133 tackles, 12 sacks and 24 tackles for loss as a defensive end. Injuries during his senior year cost him some playing time during the 2017 season.
He described the “family atmosphere” of the Navy as a deciding factor in his decision.
“The recruiting process was an amazing and unique experience,” Williams said.
His favorite memory of his time as a Panther was the Smiths Station student section known as “the Jungle.”
“I had a lot of friends in that group. I love the energy they always gave,” Williams added.
Director of Operations Brian Nelson credits Williams’s family as a big part of who he is.
“Athletically, he is one of the most gifted kids I have ever been around. His mom, grandparents and the rest of his family deserve a lot of credit. This is a reflection of the investment they have put into him. Navy is getting a top 10 percent kid,” Nelson said.
Williams believes his drive to never give up on a play is the main reason for his recruitment.
“My time at Smiths Station had prepared me for all of the obstacles I will face in the future,” Williams added.