High School: Danzel Williams

Two area players make All-American squad

October, 13, 2010
The Metroplex will provide two players for the 2011 Under Armor All-American Game.

Dallas Skyline linebacker Anthony Wallace and corner Danzel Williams of Arlington James Martin will showcase their skills Jan. 5 at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay. The game will also be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

Williams has verbally committed to join the class of 2011 at the University of Oklahoma. Wallace is yet to commit, and has said he will wait until after the season to make his decision.

Here is the complete roster for the 2011 Under Armor All-American Game.

Four area players are on the ESPNU 150

June, 2, 2010
The first ESPNU 150 for the Class of 2011 was released today. Click here for an overview of the national recruiting list and here for a statistical breakdown.

Four players from area high schools made the list. Here's the lowdown on them, with each player's recruiting status and an excerpt from their ESPNU evaluations:

55. Arlington Sam Houston QB Jamal Turner (Nebraska verbal): Turner is one of the most exciting skilled athletes this class has to offer. He is a dual-threat QB out of the shotgun spread, but most of the damage he does is with his legs.

60. Arlington Martin RB Danzel Williams (Okahoma verbal): Williams is one of the shiftier backs in this class exhibiting great feet, balance and body control. He is built low to the ground, deceptively strong and put-together but does not have the large frame coveted in an every-down, load-back at the major college level.

94. Waxahachie WR LaDarius Brown (Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Alabama, TCU): Brown is a long, smooth glider of an athlete with very good speed, elusiveness and flexibility for such a tall prospect. He has consistently played on both sides of the ball as a safety and wide receiver, but we feel he will likely end up at wide receiver at the next level.

141. Dallas Skyline LB Anthony Wallace (Oklahoma, Texas A&M, LSU, USC, Texas): Wallace is a big strong guy with great instincts. His size and athleticism are what we look for at the inside linebacker position.

Pair of Arl. Martin football players commit

March, 11, 2010
Arlington Martin's excursion to the third round of the Class 5A Division I football playoffs last fall is already paying dividends on the recruiting front for members of the Class of 2011.

Danzel Williams, a 5-9, 190-pound running back/free safety, announced his commitment to Oklahoma on Tuesday.

A day earlier, teammate Deryck Gildon, a 6-2, 205-pound linebacker, revealed his intention to accept a scholarship to TCU.

Williams, who was recruited as a running back, said an early commitment wasn't exactly his plan.

"But Oklahoma had everything I wanted, so why wait?" he said.

Williams said Oklahoma State and TCU were in his final three.

What are Oklahoma fans getting?

"They're looking at a crowd pleaser," he said. "I love to play to the crowd, and Oklahoma always has a nice crowd.''

Williams' junior season of over 1,200 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns included a 17-carry, 123-yard performance against eventual Class 5A Division I state champion Euless Trinity in the playoff game that eliminated Martin.

Gildon said the atmosphere around TCU was a key factor in his decision. He said SMU was a close second on the list of 10 schools courting him.

In a way, it wasn't surprising that he would choose from two area schools. Growing up, he and his family were constantly on the move because his mother was in the military.

As a junior, Gildon recorded 50 tackles and a sack.