Thursday, May 10, 2012
Elite 11 Watch: Cali standout Troy Williams
By Christopher Parish
Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.) quarterback Troy Williams threw for 34 touchdowns and ran for another 11 scores during his junior season.
Throughout this offseason, we’ve spotlighted Class of 2013 quarterbacks who have a shot at making the Elite 11 finals in July. This week, we profile Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.) junior Troy Williams, who will compete in the Las Vegas Elite 11 regional on June 16.
Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.) quarterback Troy Williams has all the physical tools. He’s a dual-threat quarterback, but he considers himself a pass-first signal-caller. He has outstanding speed, he’s getting stronger every day and he’s remarkably accurate.
Yet he might be at a bit of a disadvantage at the Elite 11 regional in Las Vegas on June 16.
The problem? Williams’ team runs a shotgun, no-huddle offense, meaning the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder isn’t as accustomed to taking five- and seven-step drops, resetting and firing at his target. Those are skills that are invaluable in the Elite 11 setting.
That said, we’re still giving this stellar QB as good a chance as any. Rated the nation’s No. 11 dual-threat quarterback by ESPN, Williams dominated as a junior, throwing for 3,247 yards and 34 touchdowns and rushing for 587 yards and 11 scores.
Williams led Narbonne to the CIF Los Angeles City Section title and an 11-3 record. This season, he’s hoping to lead his team to a state bowl game, and he thinks the Gauchos can go undefeated, too.
We caught up with the stellar playmaker to talk to him about his goals for the upcoming season as well as what he’s looking forward to at the Las Vegas Elite 11 regional?
ESPNHS: What are some things you’ve been working on this offseason? Williams: It’s going good. I’ve spent a lot of time working on footwork, and I’m trying to get better at reading the field. I’ve been working out with (former NFL star) Keyshawn Johnson on the weekends.
ESPNHS: It’s not every day that you get to work out with a big star like that. How did you meet up with him? Williams: He coaches a 7-on-7 team I’m on (the 1925s, based out of Los Angeles) and so we’ve been able to do some work with him. You don’t get a chance to work out with NFL guys every day, so I’ve really used that opportunity.
ESPNHS: What are some of your goals for this offseason, apart from working on footwork and reading the field? Williams: I’m in the weight room every day. I want to get a lot bigger than I am now. I don’t want to look like some stick out there.
ESPNHS: You’re a dual-threat quarterback, and that can be very tough to manage. What is going through your mind when you’re trying to decide if you’re going to hang in there and make a pass or try to make a play with your feet? Williams: I usually want to make a pass. If the pocket breaks down, I’ll try to break out and make a throw. Usually I’ll stay in the pocket as long as I can to make the throw. But if it breaks down, or my receiver messes up a route, or there just isn’t anything there, I have no problem breaking off a run.
ESPNHS: What are the expectations for Narbonne this fall? Williams: We won the L.A. City Division title last season, and this year, I want to win another city title, I want to go undefeated and hopefully make it to state. Last year was fun, but I want to forget about last year now. That’s in the past. We have to come out more hungry now, take practice real serious, go out there and go get our undefeated season.
ESPNHS: Are you looking forward to being a leader? Williams: Most definitely. I like it when guys look up to me. I like taking control of the team. I love being a leader.
ESPNHS: What are you most looking forward to about the Elite 11 competition? Williams: I’m really excited. I saw a lot of it on TV last year, and I want to be that guy on TV this year and show everyone my promise. It’s a lot of good competition, you’re going against the best quarterbacks in the nation, and I want to show up and represent.
ESPNHS: Your team runs a no-huddle, shotgun offense. Is that difficult to pick up? Williams: It was implemented before I got here, so I’ve been working on it ever since I’ve been here. It’s not as complicated as it seems. But it all goes by really fast. We roll out quickly in the no-huddle, and I just go out there and have fun.
ESPNHS: Update us on your recruiting. Where are you at right now? Williams: It’s getting a little crazy right now. I’ve visited both Arizona State and Arizona, and I plan on visiting Washington soon. We’ll see how things go. I’m looking both in-state and out of state, and I just want to go to the right college and get a good education. I’m the one who’s going to be there for four years, so I have to make sure that I make the right decision for me.
Troy Williams School: Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.)
2011 Team Record: 11-3 (won CIF Los Angeles City Section title)