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2016 Johnny William, WR, Pike High School

Johnny William

Wide Receiver

Class of 2016

Pike High School

Exposures: Hudl film, game vs. Lawrence Central (in-person)

HUDL FILM

Strengths: Explosive, quick, and loose-hipped wideout with potential to excel in college football.  Is a big impact player for the Red Devils and showed throughout the season that he can take over a game.  Has outstanding explosiveness, initial separation vs. press, and a quick first step with no false movement.  Has legitimate breakaway speed and deep speed/acceleration, and can split the seam when he aligns in the slot.  Can work on his own over the middle of the field.  Exhibits strong skills as a route runner – can sell with his head and shoulders, and is quick to get into and out of his breaks.  Is a willing blocker, playing with a wide base and getting good inside hand placement.  Exhibits good hands – adjusts back to the ball on inaccurate passes.  Excels after the catch; can make defenders miss and showed that he can push a pile and finish forward on contact.  Flashes high effort and faces top competition.

Weaknesses: Should add more bulk to his frame before/during his junior season, and has time to do so  Could exhibit patience and vision to follow blocks when he gets out in space after the catch, especially as a return man.

Summary: Johnny is an impact player on Pike’s offense.  He has a high ceiling and should only get better in the future.  I think his best fit in college would be as a wingback/slot receiver in a spread scheme.  His explosiveness, deep speed, and ability to work on his own over the middle of the field will be assets to any program.

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