11:56 AM EDT, June 22, 2010
Sunday was a special day for Jones High offensive tackle Duaron Williams.
The rising junior was invited to the Schuman's National Underclassmen Top 100 regional combine in Atlanta. But instead of just showing up to participate and being happy with that, Williams did far more.
He impressed the camp scouts and coaches so much that they named him Offensive Lineman MVP for the camp.
A great accomplishment for the rising junior, but it meant far more to him that it happened on Father's Day than it would have any other day.
"It's really important to me because it was Father's Day and my father passed away when I was really young … about 8 years old," Duaron said of his father Charles Allen Williams, who died of a heart attack in 2001 at 43.
His daddy would certainly be proud. Duaron has worked himself into one of the top offensive line prospects in the state, and even the nation.
He not only excels on the field but also in the classroom. Duaron carries a 3.9 weighted GPA and scored a 1320 on the PSAT, a test that is used for National Merit Scholar awards, as well as for a precursor to the SAT.
This past weekend, it was on the field where Williams was very impressive.
"I dominated the 1-on-1s, the coaches told me," Williams said. "I won the entire showcase and the coaches told me that I had good footwork, handwork and to keep working hard and I should be all-American."
His rise to big-time prospect has been somewhat surprising to Duaron (6-2, 292).
"Actually I really didn't realize … I knew I had become a good player but didn't realize I had become that good yet," Williams said. "But it also shows me I've got a lot of work to do because the competition level keeps going up and up."
The performance qualifies Williams for the Schuman's Ultimate Top Prospect Camp in Oklahoma later this summer.
Jones coach Kenard Lang has been working hard with Williams, and he made sure to give his coach a call about the news.
"He told me he was really proud of me and nothing can stop me except myself," Williams said. "I'm going out to Oklahoma to hopefully win the whole thing, but really I just want to get better. That is my main thing."
Heavy hearts for Clim
Our thoughts go out to Jones cornerback Clim Robbins and his family. Clim had an emotional Father's Day weekend after his grandfather Climira Williams, 73, passed away on Thursday after a long illness. Arrangements were handled by Mitchell Funeral Home, Orlando.
Chris Hays is the recruiting coverage coordinator for the Orlando Sentinel. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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