Korey's Story

Korey Williams

Fresh off a standout performance at the University of Arkansas' Seniors Camp and a year after Hurricane Katrina disrupted his life, New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr linebacker Korey Williams (6-2, 231, 4.68) will be one focus of the Razorbacks' recruiting efforts this fall.

Imagine your house and your life being turned upside down by Hurricane Katrina, having to move to another state and wondering if your life would ever have any normalcy to it again.

New Orleans (LA.) Edna Karr linebacker Korey Williams (6-1, 231, 4.68), who impressed at Arkansas' Seniors Camp last weekend, wishes it had all been in his imagination.

"But it wasn't," Williams said Thursday night. "We lost everything. I mean everything. The school shut down. We had no place to live. It was just a mess."

Williams, who had 120 tackles as a sophomore starter, and his family were forced to move to Garland, Texas, where he would play for a Class 5A Sachse High.

"It was a bigger school than mine here in Louisiana, but I think our level of 3A football is right there with them in terms of competition," said Williams, whose mom moved back in January with him following in March.

The true measure of his ability was that he was only able to play the final six games of the season but amassed 80 tackles - including six sacks and 12 tackles for loss - and was named first-team all-district for a 6-4 team.

"After we moved there I had to sit out two weeks to be eligible, but during that time I won a starting spot and did pretty well those last six games," Williams said. "But since I had such a shortened junior season, not as many colleges knew about me."

That's been taken care of this spring and summer as several schools have become interested after his performances at a Scout.com combine and different camps he has attended.

In fact, he now has six written offers from Clemson, Duke, Baylor, Nebraska, Ole Miss and UConn.

Williams also has a verbal offer from Arkansas after his performance at the Razorbacks' camp, one he attended at the request of UA assistant coach Louis Campbell.

"Coach Campbell has done a great job recruiting me and worked on me to come up to the camp and take a look and I'm glad I did," Williams said. "They have let me know that I have a verbal offer and that they plan on sending a written one after getting to see me play this fall."

Williams, who has a potent combo of a 385-pound bench press and a 34-inch vertical jump, left Arkansas very impressed with what he saw and the intensity of Arkansas defensive coordinator Reggie Herring.

"It was a real good camp for me and I just really love all their facilities, which are just great, and the intensity of Coach Herring," Williams said. "He seems like a guy that would be on me to get better every day and push me and help me become the best player that I can be."

Herring, who used to coach in the NFL, has told Williams that he sees him as someone who could play at both the Will (outside) and Mike (middle) linebacker spots.

"The other schools are talking about me just playing the Mike spot, which is where I have played all the time in high school," Williams said. "But he sees me as a guy that can play both spaces. He said I might start out at Will because of a commitment they have that can play there and then move to Mike linebacker later. It's all fine with me. I would ust want to play wherever they need me and where I can get out on the field first."

"Korey has great size and speed for the position and he is a very smart player," Edna Karr head coach Jabbar Juluke told Scout.com. "He is the hardest worker on the team on and off the field. Korey has the ability to play as a true freshman and some day he will be playing on Sundays."

When Arkansas' coaches make it to see Williams play this season, they will see an Edna Karr team with a bunch of new players.

"We have a lot of players coming back, but we also have 19 new players just on defense alone that are coming from schools that didn't reopen," Williams said. "Our biggest thing is just going to be developing chemistry. But we certainly have some talent and I am looking forward to a big year."

They will see a player who is trying to pattern his game after Baltimore Ravens' All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis.

"I certainly am nowhere near as good as he is, but I like they fact that he doesn't take any plays off and he makes every play," Williams said. "It may not be a big hit every time, but he gets to the football and gets the guy down and disrupts the play. That's what I try to do. I don't care who gets credit for the tackle as long as we get the guy down."

Williams, who did not run the 40-yard dash at Arkansas but has run it in 4.68, has no plans to narrow his focus in recruiting until after the season.

"I like Arkansas and I like those other schools, but I consider myself to be wide open and in no hurry to rush and make a decision," Williams said. "I'll just play the season, try to help bring our school a state title and then start thinking about recruiting."

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