Trinity Catholic QB Isaiah Williams aims to lead his team to a state championship in his final season.
I drove down to Pattonville High School (MO) last friday night to get the first glimpse of Trinity Catholic in game action this year. I must compliment the facilities, they were top notch. Not all the stars played in the 4 team Jamboree which included Trinity, Lutheran North, Chaminade and host Pattonville. Trinity sat out 4 star linebacker Shammond Cooper and 3 star OL Ira Henry for different reasons, but the main focus of my trip was to watch Illini commits Bryce Childress and Isaiah Williams.
Trinity cruised past Chaminade and Pattonville before facing bitter Rival Lutheran North in the final 24 play scrimmage. Each team got 12 offensive plays from it’s 40 yard line. Isaiah had dazzling plays with his feet, including a 40 yard ankle breaking TD run against Chaminade and 2 deep TD passes to Bryce Childress and Illinois target Marcus Washington. Trinity used it’s dominant run game against Pattonville but saw Williams hit another prefect deep ball to Marcus Washington in the back of the endzone. Lutheran North won the battle 2 to 1 in touchdown ratio when they played. Williams put a perfect ball on a receivers hand that was dropped. It should have been 2 a piece, also factor in that Shammond Cooper and Ira Henry didn’t play. This will be another feisty matchup later this year when it matters most.
Isaiah doesn’t have great size but he is definitely a leader who garners respect from teammates. He is the fastest and most athletic guy on 99% of the fields he plays on, he also throws a beautiful ball with accuracy. He has made me a believer in both instances I have seen him throw live. I spoke with him after the Jamboree about his personal and team goals for the season.
In depth with Isaiah Williams
Where can a 5 star ATH/QB improve heading into his senior season? Two things came to mind for Williams.
He told me “Consistency and leadership. I just wanna work on getting better every week and leading my team.”
Isaiah competed in the Elite 11 camp over the summer. The top QB’s from across America competed for bragging rights. I wanted to know where he needs to improve and what feedback he got.
“Consistency is the main thing. Being consistent and being smart with the football.”
Over the last 8 weeks, national recruiting services have updated rankings for summer. Isaiah Williams dropped in one particular service based on his projection as a QB at the next level. I asked him if that is motivation.
Isaiah said “Yes, I do feel disrespected, but rankings don’t mean anything to me. Every week I’m coming out to show why I feel like I’m the best ATH/QB in the nation”
Isaiah has several high profile teammates the Illini staff are after including Marcus Washington. I asked him if he is still in the ear of his teammates like he was when Bryce Childress committed.
He told me “Right now, not as much. Our main focus is to finish off our senior year with state championship. But after the season I will and you never know with the recruiting process.”
My final question was about what he truly identifies as on the field. QB? Or Athlete? And will he still be able to lead in college from the slot.
William’s emphatically said ” I can lead wherever I play. I want to play QB at Illinois.”
Isaiah runs a similar offense with Trinity that he will see next season. High octane RPO with multiple formations. Rod Smith and Isaiah have already discussed the playbook on past visits. I see him being a true force in the QB competition next summer.
Two week gauntlet for Trinity
Isaiah and his teammates open the season against national powerhouse Colquitt County (GA). They are ranked number 18 in the Maxpreps national poll and have several high D1 players. William’s will see the best defense all season in week 1. Illini Scoops Matt Moore will be at the game with video highlights and interviews as well. This will test where they are as a team and how good they can be individually as well.
The following week they battle Illinois high school power and recent state Champion East St. Louis. This will test it’s resolve and see what leadership it truly has. Isaiah Williams has a chip on his shoulder. After the end of week 2, his leadership and playmakimg ability will have been tested to it’s fullest. I believe he will prove his doubters wrong and show why he was a top 100 5 star QB prospect. It all begins next Friday