Greater Johnstown WR/LB Alkwan Williams issues oral declaration to Pittsburgh
Written by: Josh Funk on Friday, June 24th, 2011
One of Greater Johnstown’s top returning two-way athletes is attracting interest from Division-1 football programs.
Alkwan Williams, a 6’1, 210-pound wide receiver/linebacker combination for the Trojans, issued an oral declaration to Pitt Friday morning, according to national recruiting service Scout.com. The Panthers were one of only two programs to offer the Johnstown athlete – Kent State was the other. He also received interest, but no verbal offers, from programs like Akron, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, Temple, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Williams is being recruited as a linebacker, and he had quite the junior season for a Trojans’ defensive unit (including reserves) that allowed an average of 13.8 points per game, holding nine of 12 opponents to 14 points or less. #5 amassed a team-best 137 tackles (87 solo), five sacks, an interception, six deflected passes and two forced fumbles. He averaged an impressive 11.4 tackles per game, finishing nine of the Trojans’ 12 games with 10+ tackles, including four games with 15+ tackles. As a sophomore, Williams also made his presence known defensively, totaling 113 tackles (48 solo), a team-leading nine sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He averaged 10.3 tackles per game, finishing eight of his 11 games played with 10+ tackles.
For his career, Williams has racked up 250 tackles (135 solo), 14 quarterback sacks, two interceptions, six deflected passes and three forced fumbles, finishing 17 of 23 games (73.9 percent) with double-digit tackles totals.
Williams’ responsibilities expanded in his junior season to include wide receiver, and he was one of five Trojan players to finish with 20+ catches and 300+ receiving yards. He was the second-leading target in the Trojans’ 201-yards-per-game aerial assault, hauling in 25 passes for 516 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 20.6 yards per reception. Williams twice surpassed the 100-yard receiving mark.
Greater Johnstown finished 10-2 in 2010, winning the school’s third District 6 AAA championship since 2004. The Trojans averaged 34.2 points per game before falling to Clearfield Area in the preliminary rounds of the PIAA AAA playoffs, 28-12.
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