Running back Jamaal Williams has done very well this year for Summit High School in the Inland Empire's tough Sunset League. The 6-foot-2-inch, 193-pound star back for Summit High School has led his team in a successful season.
"I've been doing pretty good and our team is 8-1 and our game Friday is our league championship game," Williams said. "If we win this game, then we win our league, so we have to win one more to win our league championship."
Personally, Williams has continued to progress year after year and has beaten a few personal records his senior season.
"I'm doing really good and have a career high of touchdowns now," Williams said. "I'm also really close to breaking my 1,000 yards. Last year I had 11 touchdowns and 714 yards rushing, but this year I know I have close to 20 touchdowns and I'm close to 1,000 yards."
What is amazing, given the level of competition in the Sunset League, is that Williams has been averaging 10.63 yards per carry and is ranked first in the league in rushing and third in the league in scoring.
"I've been working on my speed and been putting the burners on people this year," Williams said. "On this one play against Murrieta Mesa I had a run to the outside and then cut back inside and just had to put the speed on."
Williams put the speed on that play and ran 70 yards downfield. However, he isn't just a running threat, and that's why BYU has recruited him. He also catches the ball out of the backfield, and has seven receptions for 90 yards, averaging 12.86 yards a catch.
"Yeah, I do that a little bit out of the backfield," Williams said about catching passes. "I'm becoming more of a check-down back now and know what a check-down receiver out of the back field is like. I've been involved in screen passes and even have a touchdown from a screen pass."
Summit is playing Kaiser High School on Friday, another very good Southern California program that's currently undefeated in league and 7-2 overall.
"If we beat Kaiser, then there are four more games in the playoffs," Williams said. "We have to win tonight so we can keep going."
Last week against Jurupa Valley, Williams rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries against Jurupa Valley. In the stands watching Williams run was BYU running back coach Joe DuPaix.
"I was running people over and I told him that's what I like to do," Williams said. "He was really excited for me playing in that game. I put on a show for him."
On the season Williams has had six games in which he's rushed for more than 100 yards, and has scored at least one touchdown in every game of the season except one. He currently has 17 rushing touchdowns on 78 carries for 829 total yards, and two receiving touchdowns for a total of 19 so far on the season.
With the success Williams is having in Southern California, one team as sort of tested the waters to see how strong he's committed to BYU.
"Yeah, UCLA has been doing that a little bit," Williams said. "They've been giving me tickets to come watch [them] play and stuff, but nah! I haven't checked out their campus and I'm not really interested. I'm going to BYU."
With all the success Williams is having, he's still firmly committed to the Cougars of BYU.
"Of course I am," he said. "Every time they're on TV on Saturdays, the first thing my mom says is, ‘BYU is on!' So, whenever they're on TV I watch them every time. I also went up there when they played Utah State and that was a good game."
While many have felt the BYU's season hasn't turned out as expected, Williams is excited about the future of the Cougar program and happy he gets to watch the team he's committed to.
"Man, it's great being able to watch BYU play on TV every Saturday," Williams said. "I think they've been doing really good and it makes me even more excited to go there. They just barely lost to Texas and I think they should have beaten a few other teams as well."
On the defensive side of the ball, Williams plays linebacker, which was a position Boise State wanted him to play in their program.
"I play Will linebacker and have been doing pretty good," Williams said. "I like playing defense but I think I like playing offense better. I don't know how many tackles I have but I do have the record for my school for the most sacks in one game. I got three and a half against Patriot High School in Riverside."
BYU running back commit Jamaal Williams has been burning up the field and turning in some impressive performances in the Inland Empire. If Summit High School wins their game on Friday against Kaiser High School, Williams and his teammates will head into the state playoffs.