Alabama football has been quiet on the recruiting trail when piecing together its class of 2021. The Crimson Tide has always been a team looking for quality over quantity
By Steve Wright
The school could likely approach any 3-star or lower prospect in the country for an instant commitment – and Nick Saban has once again landed a quality pledge here.
Kaine Williams of Ehret (Louisiana) High School is the No. 5 safety in the class, the No. 6 recruit in Louisiana, and he is the No. 141 overall prospect in the 2021 group according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. The Crimson Tide beat the likes of LSU, Florida, and Auburn to secure his commitment.
Standing at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Williams is a big, powerful defensive back who will have options at the next level. He is one of those players that could add some weight to play as a hybrid safety/linebacker – or even a true linebacker eventually – and he had six interceptions as a junior thanks to his ability to range all over the field and his outstanding instincts in coverage.
The highlight video shows that Williams can do a little bit of everything. The first play is exactly what a college team like Alabama would want from a safety as there is no better time for an interception than when the opponent looks like they are about to score. Williams does an outstanding job of reading the quarterback on this play and undercutting the receiver to make a play.
Clips later in the video show that Williams is already capable of playing at the line of scrimmage and being effective. He times his blitzes well and while he sometimes looks for the show-stopping hit as opposed to making a tackle in space, this is a trait that can be refined in Tuscaloosa to be an effective weapon. When Williams hits a running back, the back stays hit, and that is something all coaches look for in a dominant safety prospect.