Trent Williams's high school coach weighs in
As you'd expect, the Longview News-Journal ran a story Friday morning about how a third Longview Lobo has now been picked by the Redskins, following the selections of Malcolm Kelly and Robert Henson. If I'm running the News-Journal sports section, I'm opening a bureau in Ashburn immediately. And then I'm going to Johnny Cace's Seafood & Steak House for lunch.
Longview Lobos head coach John King was in New York with Williams, and he spoke to the News-Journal from there.
King said he felt a tremendous amount of pride in Williams' success, especially when reflecting back to when Williams was a freshman at Longview in 2002. King was an assistant coach at Longview while Williams was a Lobo in 2002 and 2003 before becoming Longview's head coach in 2004, a position he has held ever since.
"When he was a freshman, he was lazy, but after his sophomore year playing basketball, you knew he was committed," King said. "When he was a senior, you had a feeling he could be playing on Sundays. But I never dreamed he would be picked No. 4."
"He was lazy" isn't typically high on the list of post-draft praise, but at least he started playing basketball.
King also talked to the News-Journal before the draft, offering this assessment:
"We talked (when Williams was in high school) about having the chance to play on Sundays if he took care of business and did well at Oklahoma....He's always been a tough kid. One of the things about him is the bigger the competition the better he's always played. If he gets angry at somebody across from him, he's going to hunt him all night long and get after him....He's a natural pass blocker, too. He's flexible and he's able to run block probably better than most guys his size because of his flexibility and quickness."
As for how the Lobos did with all that talent, in 2004, Kelly's senior season, Longview won its first two games in the 5A playoffs before falling to Lufkin, 31-21. That Lufkin team, of course, starred future Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.
April 23, 2010; 11:43 AM ET
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