CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The standout career of Cedar Falls Offensive Lineman Spencer Williams came to an end last Wednesday when the Tigers bowed out of the Class 4A state playoffs. Cedar Rapids Washington ended it with a 28-21 victory here at Kingston Stadium.
I was glad I made it up to watch the final prep outing of the Iowa verbal commitment. I left the field impressed with what the Hawkeyes secured with the potential of Williams.
EVALUATION: Williams lined up at left tackle for Cedar Falls. That required me to project him inside to center or guard, where he will play at the next level, while watching him on the outside.
Common belief among offensive line folks is that it’s easier to move inside from out than the other way around. After seeing Williams, I think his transition back inside (he’s played there during his high school career) will be seamless.
Williams carries his 275 pounds very well. He boasts a solid frame capable of adding weight without costing him speed or mobility. And he looks really agile for a stout guy with a solid base.
Williams fits the mold of an Iowa interior lineman like current starters Jordan Walsh, Austin Blythe and Sean Welsh. He’s not a prototypical inside blocker that relies on 300 plus pounds of girth to get in the way of defenders.
Williams can move on his feet and shows solid polish in using his hands to get under the opponent. He pulls smoothly without getting crossed up.
Like most high school linemen, Williams is more advanced in run blocking than he is in pass pro. But playing tackle this season should give him a head start when he returns inside next year and beyond.
Williams plays physically but he could use to be a little angrier. That will come at Iowa where the coaches promote that approach.
Williams comes from a high school that has produced talent consistently through the years. Iowa’s starting right tackle Ike Boettger and Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama’s No. 1 left guard, hail from Cedar Falls.
Williams committed early to Western Michigan before camping at Iowa this summer, picking up a Hawkeye offer and flipping to the in-state school. He’s been one of the most active ambassadors in helping to recruit other players into his class.
Williams faces some development time at Iowa, like most linemen, but the potential is present for a solid college career. His development will be a fun one to monitor as he’s come a long way already.
Please check out the highlights I shot and cut up from the Cedar Rapids Washington playoff game last week right here: