|Daeron needs to ‘ACT’ now for grid future |
|Fulton City football standout Daeron Williams made the grade on the gridiron. |
Unfortunately, he did not on his latest ACT test and he was not among the list of prospects who signed to play college football Wednesday.
Right now, the plans for the Bulldogs’ superstar, who rushed for 1,806 yards and 32 touchdowns during his senior campaign, to commit to play college football have been put on hold.
However, Williams’ high school coach and guidance counselor Wayne Lohaus believes that his stud running back can claw his way into the collegiate football scene.
“He’s got to get his core grades up a bit, but his ACT is the biggest thing right now,” the Fulton football skipper said. “We have him an ACT prep class for math, which has been one of his big hurdles to date, so I’m hopeful that will help when he takes it again later this month.”
Williams actually declined comment to The Messenger for this story because he was in his ACT math course, prepping for the test which he will again take later this month.
“I think he’s really gotten serious about this situation in the past few months,” Lohaus said. “This last semester, especially, he’s been working hard and his ACT score has gone up each time he’s taken it, so I’m hopeful.”
And there is still a glimmer of hope for Williams and his football mentor to hold on to, as a handful of junior colleges are interested in the services of the 6-foot-1 superstar who led his team in rushing yards, touchdowns, points scored (206), carries (160), receiving yards (180) and receptions (eight).
The ACT requirements are more relaxed in such schools and Lohaus believes Williams could thrive at a junior college and make his mark on the field, which could open the door for an offer to play at a bigger university.
Among the front-runners is Harmony Prep School in Cincinnati and New Mexico Military Junior College in Roswell, N.M. and Itawamaba Junior College in, of all places, Fulton, Miss.
Harmony and Itawamba are both known for being feeder schools for SEC football programs and Lohaus believes the smaller school atmosphere would help Williams adjust to not only the college game, but the hustle and bustle of campus life. The FC star has yet to visit any of the aforementioned campuses.
“I think one of these junior colleges will do him good,” Lohaus said. “Coming from such a small school as we are, I’d like to see him ease into college life at a school where he wouldn’t get lost in the shuffle and I think a junior college could serve that purpose.
“As for a timetable, I think we can help him to get into one of these schools and be ready to go by the fall. I do know that with all the talent he has, it would be a shame if he didn’t play college football somewhere and I truly think that if he works hard and gets his grades up that he could play this game for a long, long time.”
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