Boston High School: Brent Williams

CM's Reeves courting Michigan, Ohio St., PSU

January, 23, 2012
When Catholic Memorial linebacker Camren Williams decommitted from Penn State and committed to Ohio State last week, an obvious question lingered: Would his best friend and teammate Armani Reeves follow him to the Buckeyes?

Like Williams, Reeves -- a four-star athlete, and ESPN Boston's Offensive Player of the Year -- committed to Penn State last summer. Both players began to explore other options when the coaching shuffle began at Penn State. Michigan and Ohio State have led the charge to land Reeves, who is expected to play defensive back in college.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke visited Reeves at his home Saturday, and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is scheduled to make an in-home visit today.

Reeves took an official visit to Michigan earlier this month, and visited Ohio State with Williams on Wednesday. Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison is scheduled to meet with Reeves on Tuesday night, when Reeves has a varsity basketball game.

Although he met with Penn State coaches last Monday, it's still unclear whether Reeves will take his official visit to Penn State this weekend.

“I have still not talked to him in detail about whether or not he'll take his visit to Penn State,” said Cam's father Brent Williams, who is Reeves' godfather and has served as a spokesperson for both players during much of the recruiting process. “I've read reports that he's down to Michigan and Ohio State, but at this point I don't know that that is accurate. I do know he has had a couple of conversations with [Penn State coach] Bill O'Brien.

“I've told these guys if you want me to answer questions for you, you've got to give me information.”

Reeves got to watch O'Brien at work Sunday, when he attended the AFC Championship Game [O'Brien is still working as New England's offensive coordinator]. NCAA rules prevented O'Brien from meeting with Reeves at Gillette Stadium.

Brent Williams said it would be wrong to assume that his son and Reeves are a package deal.

“I know people think otherwise, but Armani has been advised to do what's best for you,” Brent Williams said. “The need for Armani at Penn State is different than the need for Camren –- it wasn't as great for Cam, just because of the numbers at that position.

“I do believe Cam made the decision that was best for him because how they're gonna do things at Penn State is different [the the prior coaching staff would have done them]. I'm not saying it's better or worse, but it's different. Cam didn't have a relationship with the remaining staff.

“I know that they both envisioned going to college together, but I think that all changed when everything happened at Penn State. I can tell you that we have had the conversation about Cam going to Ohio State and Armani at Michigan.”

Reeves is the top recruit from Massachusetts in the Class of 2012. Williams is the state's No. 2 prospect.

Reeves is expected to make his decision before national signing day (Feb. 1).

“He has [basketball] games Tuesday and Friday this week, so it's probably not going to be before the weekend if it's just the two schools [Michigan and Ohio State],” Brent Williams said. “If Penn State is still in the picture maybe Monday or Tuesday of next week. It'll be before next Wednesday that's for sure.”

CM's Reeves, Williams hear from Bill O'Brien

January, 9, 2012
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on the East Football Recruiting Blog with Catholic Memorial's Armani Reeves and Cam Williams, the state's No. 1 and No. 2 prospects respectively, who are both committed to Penn State.

Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien was officially introduced as the Nittany Lions' new head coach on Saturday. Yesterday, the Andover native and St. John's Prep graduate reached out to both Reeves and Williams; both are trying to schedule an official visit to Happy Valley.

Speaking to CM assistant coach Brent Williams -- the father of Cam and godfather of Reeves -- Brown writes:

Brent Williams, Camren's father and Reeves' godfather, has been the point man during each player's recruitment. He said both players are currently trying to schedule an official visit to Penn State.

“I think he just called to introduce himself,” Brent Williams said. “Now that Coach O'Brien is in place we are trying to learn as much as we can about him and the new staff.”

Camren Williams, the No. 2 prospect from Massachusetts in the Class of 2012, took an official visit to Ohio State last month. He is expected to choose between the two schools.

Reeves, the top prospect from Massachusetts, also heard from Ohio State on Sunday night. Michigan coaches met with Reeves last week, and Notre Dame has asked him to visit as well. He is expected to play defensive back at the college level.

“Camren is pretty easy, as he with either stay with his [Penn State] commitment or switch to OSU,” Brent Williams said. “We are trying to learn as much as we can about OSU.

“Armani is a little more difficult. His basketball schedule makes it tough for him to visit. Right now Michigan is a priority visit. With Ohio State just entering the picture we are trying to schedule a visit.”

Both Reeves and Williams were named to ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team last month.

CM's Williams, Reeves likely to decide soon

January, 6, 2012
With Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien set to be named the new head coach of Penn State tomorrow, according to multiple reports, a decision for two of Catholic Memorial's football stars on whether to stick with their commitment to the Nittany Lions or not should be forthcoming.

This morning Brent Williams, the father of one Penn State commit (linebacker Cam Williams) and godfather of the other (athlete Armani Reeves), told that a decision should come before February 1, the first day high school seniors can officially sign a National Letter of Intent for football.

"I don’t think we drag this out," said Brent, also an assistant coach at CM as well as a former Patriots defensive lineman. "Now that Penn State has a coach in place and is working on putting a staff together, they should be able to make an educated decision after more information comes out on the staff, system, all of the above."

Cam and Reeves were both named to ESPN Boston's second annual MIAA All-State Team last month, as the Knights went 7-2 and missed out on a Division 1 playoff berth. Reeves was also named ESPN Boston's Offensive Player of the Year after recording 15 touchdowns and 1,302 all-purpose yards on less than 70 total touches.

Just a day after the MIAA Super Bowls concluded, Ohio State coaches Luke Fickell and Mike Vrabel were at the West Roxbury campus to meet with both players. Cam took an official visit to Columbus a week later.

Yesterday morning, Michigan met with Reeves, and then swung by Everett High to meet with junior All-State offensive tackle John Montelus. Reeves will visit Ann Arbor either next weekend or the following weekend, Brent said -- "We haven't finalized that yet," he said.

Brent said neither Cam nor Reeves will be taking any other visits.

CM's Reeves, Williams exploring options?

December, 9, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown reports today on the East Recruiting Blog that two members of Ohio State's coaching staff, interim head coach Luke Fickell and linebackers coach Mike Vrabel, were at Catholic Memorial School on Monday to visit linebacker Camren Williams.

Brown also adds that Michigan has been at the school recently to visit with athlete Armani Reeves, who yesterday was named ESPN Boston's inaugural Offensive Player of the Year.

Williams and Reeves, who on Tuesday were both named to ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team, are both currently committed to Penn State.

"Camren is considering a visit [to Ohio State] next week," Camren's father Brent Williams, also a CM assistant coach, told Brown. "Armani is considering a visit to Michigan. Notre Dame is also trying to get both to visit. They are still committed to PSU, but we feel it is important to do our due diligence on other opportunities."

Recap: No. 9 CM 26, St. John's Prep 7

October, 29, 2011

WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- "Read the papers!" shouted Brent Williams as he descended the ladder from the roof of the press box at the soon-to-be named O'Connor Stadium, the Catholic Memorial defensive coordinator wearing his emotions emphatically as he exited the box with 26 seconds left in the first half.

Forgive the former New England Patriot if he seemed a little jumpy. His godson, Penn State commit and returning All-Stater Armani Reeves, had just ripped off a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown that swung momentum in what was a tie ball game with Catholic Conference foe St. John's Prep.

That made it 14-7, and after a shutout second half, the Knights (5-1) walked away with their first Catholic Conference victory of the season, a 26-7 decision over the Eagles.

"I knew I had to get past the first guy, and then pretty much from there, I knew I could just outrun everybody to the sideline," said Reeves, who clocks in the 4.4's on his 40-yard dash. "I almost ran out of bounds at the sideline there, but luckily my feet were there. I stayed in, and gave it everything I got in me into the end zone."

Said head coach Alex Campea of Reeves, "Listen, he's a gamebreaker. He makes plays, whether you're throwing the ball or punting the ball to him, he's a heck of a player. He's just a difference maker."

Meanwhile, a defense led by Penn State-bound linebacker Cam Williams and junior defensive end Peter Ngobidi (16 tackles) forced three turnovers, and allowed just 51 yards of offense from the run-heavy Eagles (3-4) over the final two quarters.

"Prep's really known for running the ball all the time," Williams said. "The key is just to stop the run. We have great defensive backs and we always stop the pass, but we're known to let up 200 yards a game rushing every year. We've been doing that [stopping the run] all year, and then this year [with the Eagles] the defensive coordinator, my dad, was talking about getting turnovers, and we got that this week too...we try to be versatile against the run and pass, and we did well on all cylinders."

Armani Exchange: Plain and simple, ESPN Boston Mr. Football candidates repeatedly make plays that change the direction of the game, and Reeves showed why he's on the short list tonight.

His first two carries, toss sweeps to the left then right, went for 33 and 35 yards respectively -- the second one opening up the scoring on the evening. He then brought a sleepy game on Baker Street to life with his electric punt return, shedding a few arm-tackles at midfield and burning by the personal protector at the 30-yard mark on the left sideline.

After going for 68 yards on his first two carries, the Eagles' defense adjusted their responsibilities on the outside holes, blitzing both outside linebackers and forcing a quicker reaction from the player who's arguably the state's most dangerous coming around the end.

"That forced me to cut it up sooner," Reeves said. "It wasn't really much of an adjustment, but just something I had to pay attention to."

But Reeves merely came around and made them pay in multiple ways. First, there was the punt return. Then, early in the third quarter, he went up for jump ball at the left sideline and ripped the ball out of defensive back Gerald Kahari's hands (think Miles Austin vs. Antonio Cromartie). It was done so furtively that half the players on the field had already begun walking back to the huddle as if it were an interception -- instead, it was a 34-yard gain that set up first and 10 at the Prep 19.

In all, Reeves finished with 238 all-purpose yards, including 98 rushing on eight carries.

Thomas a stud in the making: In our midseason report last week, we named Prep sophomore tailback Jonathan Thomas one of the second-half breakouts to watch. He proved it again tonight, with 131 yards on 20 carries and the Eagles' lone score of the night, a 71-yard counter trey up the middle in which he followed a trap block up through to the second level and outran the secondary to paydirt.

"He's going to be a good player," Williams said. "Once he gets some weight on him...he's a pretty quick back. He slips underneath his big old offensive linemen, so he's going to be a good player. I told him 'Keep working' when I shook his hand [after the game]."

Prime Time Peter: Against the run-heavy Prep offense, which toys with looks out of both the traditional I-formation and various Georgia Tech-style triple option looks, angle pursuit is key. Head coach Jim O'Leary isn't afraid to repeat the same sequence of plays should it work, and tonight the Eagles were looking to run up the outside holes with their stable of speedy backers in Thomas, Kahari and Alex Moore.

Enter Peter Ngobidi, a junior from Hyde Park who should continue to climb on the college recruiting radar with performances like tonight. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder might be a more natural fit out of a two-point stance, but with his hand planted in the turf he's proven just as efficient. With a quick first step and long, lean frame, Ngobidi made himself compact while also keeping his shoulders square, totaling 16 tackles on the night.

His biggest stop of the night came with nine minutes and change left, and the Knights holding on to a 20-7 lead. Ngobidi jarred the ball loose from the Eagles running back at the line of scrimmage, and Jon Schneider fell on it for a first and 10 for CM at the Prep 20. The next play, quarterback A.J. Doyle (9 of 19, 159 yards, 2 total TD) hit Brandon Hamel coming across the shallow middle end zone on a post route for a 26-7 score.

"I think I started off rough," Ngobidi said. "I got dropped a couple of times and I messed up on that counter trey (Thomas' touchdown). After that, my teammates picked me back up. I kinda fixed my own head, and kept pushing forward."


SJP (3-4) 0 7 0 0 --- 7
CM (5-1) 7 7 6 6 --- 26

First Quarter
C - Armani Reeves 35 run (Michael Keane kick) 4:50

Second Quarter
S - Jonathan Thomas 71 run (Connor Shaw kick) 9:18
C - Reeves 72 punt return (Keane kick) 0:23

Third Quarter
C - A.J. Doyle 1 run (kick failed) 4:20

Fourth Quarter
C - Brandon Hamel 20 pass from Doyle (8:40)