Greenwood (Miss.) High School's Artez Williams was active on defense and special teams throughout his junior campaign. Next fall the 2014 cornerback prospect likely carries his talents to the offensive side as well.
"I thought this season went good and we know it can get better, too," said the 5-foot-11 and 180-pound Williams. "I had 100 tackles, broke up 21 passes (PBUs), forced three or four fumbles and blocked three or four field goals. I lined up mostly at safety on defense but I didn't play on offense. But next year they are going to play me at running back."
And those added responsibilities sits well with Williams.
"I think it will fit me well," Williams noted. "I like that position and I feel I am suited for the job because of my speed and my best forty time is a 4.4. They may also move me back to cornerback. I played there my sophomore year but played safety last season."
On the recruiting scene, Williams has drawn some early SEC interest and plans to see some of those programs when the spring and summer months arrive.
"I am hearing from Mississippi State, Texas Tech, Missouri and Ole Miss," said Williams. "Those are the main ones showing me interest. Last year I went to see LSU, Southern Miss and Mississippi State. This year I am going to some combines in Louisiana and then go to camps at Mississippi State and Ole Miss. I will probably go to several 7-on-7 camps, too."
Of that group, a pair of schools have caught his early interest.
"Of the ones showing me interest, I like Missouri," said Williams, who has also notched a 21 on the ACT already. "I like their program and how their defensive backs perform. Then in the state, I like Mississippi State. Their defensive backs are always well-coached and move on to the NFL."