Cameron Williams seems to be a bit of a forgotten man on Miami’s defensive line.
After taking an academic redshirt in 2019, Williams is poised to see his first game action as a Hurricane this season at defensive end.
When Gregory Rousseau opted out of the 2020 season in early August, that created an opportunity for the redshirt freshman to move up a spot and see more playing time.
While most believe that Williams is still working behind Quincy Roche, Jaelan Phillips and Jahfari Harvey, the South Florida native should see time as Miami’s No.4 defensive end this fall.
After Miami’s first scrimmage on August 16, Manny Diaz recognized Williams by name in the post-game wrap up.
“(Williams) really took advantage of his time tonight,” Diaz said of the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder. “I thought he was very impressive.”
Williams has not participated in a game since Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna Prep defeated West Palm Beach King’s Academy 38-10 in the 2018 Class 3A state championship game.
Williams had three tackles and 1⁄2 sack in that dominant win.
Williams helped start the pipeline that Diaz and the Hurricane coaching staff have created at Chaminade-Madonna.
Williams verbally committed to the Hurricanes on January 20, 2018. Since Williams’ verbal commitment, Miami has had six additional prospects from Chaminade-Madonna commit or sign.
Williams was the first of three Lions to sign in the class of 2019 as his teammates Keontra Smith and Te’Cory Couch joined him at Miami.
Miami currently has running back Chaminade-Madonna running back Thad Franklin, kicker Andres Borregales and defensive lineman Allan Haye committed for the class of 2021 and defensive lineman Jamaal Johnson for the class of 2022.
Williams seems to have the prototypical build and frame to excel as a defensive end in Miami’s scheme. His length and speed off the edge will cause problems for opposing offensive tackles in pass rushing situations.