The countdown continues as there are now just 13 days until Mississippi State kicks off the 2019 football season against Louisiana. Today’s spotlighted player is #13 Tyler Williams.
Williams, a native of Oxford, Mississippi, was rated as a three-star defensive back prospect by Rivals, Scout.com and 247Sports. He was rated as the third-best safety prospect in the state of Mississippi by scout.com and the 16th-best player overall in the state according to 247Sports.
Williams prepped at Lafayette High School and played both sides of the ball. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder recorded a team-high 795 receiving yards and nine touchdowns during his senior season as well as 43 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass deflections on the defensive side. He helped lead the Commodores to a 13-2 record and 13 straight wins on their way to a state championship. He was named the 2016 Division 2-4A Defensive Most Valuable Player. As a junior, he totaled 25 tackles and two interceptions.
He originally committed to Mississippi State on May 16, 2016. He officially visited Starkville on Dec. 2, 2016 and signed with the Bulldogs on Dec. 14, 2016.
Williams redshirted in 2017 during his true freshman season. He then played in nine games as a redshirt freshman last season, serving as a backup cornerback. He recorded six tackles and a pass break-up.
Heading into the 2019 season, the starters at cornerback are senior Maurice Smitherman and junior Cameron Dantzler. Sanding at 6-foot-2, Williams is a lengthy corner who will serve as the primary backup at the position. He is poised for a big sophomore campaign.