Benito Jordan Williams Jr., didn’t play football during his first three years of high school, focusing instead on basketball at Navarre.
After a lot of encouragement, the rising senior decided to give it a shot.
“Ever since my sophomore year people have been telling me to come out,” Williams said. “They told me I had the size and to give it a try. I went to a camp at UWF and did a pretty good job over there against some really athletic defensive backs. Things have gone well so far.”
Williams is expected to be one of the top targets for the Raiders in their passing attack this season, joining players such as Dante Wright, Bryson Brewer, Aaron Wilson, Sam Register, Royce Thomas, Brandon Marquis, Collin Gilmore and Jacob Wright in the receiving corps.
None of them have starting experience at the varsity level but what they do have is the talent to play the position well.
“If you look at the guys we have at receiver, they have the ability and tools to be successful,” Navarre head coach Jay Walls said. “They have speed, height and skill. If they don’t give in to failure and don’t give into not knowing all of the plays yet and keep working hard, they will be successful.”
Williams is counting on it and said his basketball background will serve him well as he takes aim at making plays in the passing game this season.
“The footwork from basketball really helps out and I feel confident I can make plays,” Williams said. “The big thing for me right now is getting all of the plays down and getting all of the routes down.”
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