Dominique Williams of Wagner is a small school stud. A potential break-out prospect for the 2014 NFL Draft. Williams- like Stony Brook RB Miguel Maysonet a year ago- also sees a “big-stage” match-up with Syracuse on the schedule for his senior season. A tremendous opportunity to shine and make a name for himself with the mainstream. Williams has good size at 5’9, 200 pounds, to go along with deceptive speed and elusiveness. What you may not know is that Dominique has one of the most remarkable and inspiring stories of any prospect. If his story doesn’t make you stand up and cheer, check your pulse.
Williams started out his football career in Bridgeton, NJ idolizing Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis, and dreaming of following in his footsteps on defense. After starting his first 2 seasons at SAM and Middle Linebacker for Bridgeton High, Dominique officially switched to Running Back his junior year, piling up 2,786 yards over his final 2 seasons. Amazingly, Williams drew no interest from major universities out of high school. It took a tragedy to get Dominique on-course to his career at Wagner. In Williams’ own words, he explains how he made it to Milford Academy, and eventually to Wagner College.
“On January 25, 2008 my aunt was murdered by her then boyfriend. She was one of my biggest fans and always told me I was special. It was the insurance money given to my grandmother from my aunt’s death that paid for me to go to Milford. My family knew that if she were still alive, this is what she would have done for me. At Milford I drew interest from many Division 1A and 1AA colleges, with the University of Iowa being one of the main schools. After taking an official visit to Iowa I was later informed that they were not going to offer me a full scholarship. I was back to not having a college to call home. Wagner College called me the next day offering a partial scholarship. My mind was set on going to Rutgers University as a walk-on, but my family encouraged me to take the offer from Wagner.”
The rest, as they say, is history. After losing a season to a knee injury, Dominique Williams has since become one of the most prolific FCS running backs in the country, amassing 2,708 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns on the ground in his last 2 seasons. Most importantly though, Williams has helped his team turn a 3-7 season in 2011, into a playoff run a year ago- and a top 25 ranking. Now he looks to put a bow on his college career with a statement in his senior season, and head to the next level. All the while wearing the #25, which happens to be the day of his aunt’s death. There is no doubt that Dominique’s aunt was correct- he is special. On and off the field. He has carried his family’s belief, and the football for thousands of yards with great pride, and is definitely a name to know for the 2014 NFL Draft. Now, watch a couple videos to better acquaint yourself.
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