One of the most exciting young players on the defensive front seven hails from Deefield Beach, Florida in sophomore linebacker Jaboree (pronunced juh-BORE-ee) Williams. After enrolling early to Wake in January of 2014, Williams accrued 13 total tackles over 12 games.
While those are certainly not eye-popping numbers, the 6-0, 240 pound Williams will have a full year and a half of college football under his belt when kickoff occurs late next month against Elon. Not only that, he is being groomed behind three of the better linebackers in the ACC, which should pay great dividends moving forward.
Coming out of Fort Lauderdale High School in December of 2013, Williams was rated the No. 40 outside linebacker in the country by ESPN. He was a three-year team captain, and recorded 105 tackles, 9 sacks, and 5 interceptions as a junior.
Williams chose Wake Forest over a slew of other impressive offers including: Wisconsin, West Virginia, ECU, and South Florida.
Alongside Zack Wary, I anticipate very big things in the years to come, with the hopes of there being a seamless transition from the current crop of linebackers to the guys of the future.
This year is important for Williams development and I think he will be a guy at the end of the year that we are very excited about moving forward.