Michael Williams had a good senior season for the Barbour County High School Jaguars football team leading them in tackles on defense and anchoring the offensive line.
He was rewarded for that good work recently when he signed a four year football scholarship with the University of West Alabama located in Livingston.
The West Alabama Tigers are a Division II team in the Gulf Coast Conference. They are coached by Will Hall. Williams will major in Physical Therapy and play on the defensive line for the Tiger. Tuskegee, UAB and Murray State were also interested in him. He chose West Alabama because he liked their athletic program, their facilities and they offered his major.
“I would like to thank God, my coaches, teachers, parents and my BCHS friends and the community for helping me achieve this goal,” said Williams. “I am going to miss my friends and family but this is a chance to further my athletics and educational goals.”
Williams is the son of Sonya and Michael Williams, Sr. of Clayton and the grandson of Thelma and Fred Thomas and Iris Banks. He has two sisters, Erica and Lydia and two brothers Joshua and Jordan.
He attended a signing day banquet in Dothan sponsored by Southern Bone and Joint and the Dothan Eagle. He also received honorable mention for the Dothan Eagle Super 12 and the Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State team.
Williams helped lead the Jaguars to a 5-5 season under head coach Juan Williams.
“Mike worked hard this past season and it all started back in the summer, helping him get to where he is now,” said Coach Williams. “I hope he makes all of BCHS proud of him.”
“He is a real genuine person that we have enjoyed seeing grow up,” said his mother. “His dad and I both liked the facilities, loved the campus and the staff was very nice to us.”
“I am so proud of him,” said Michael Sr. “He has worked hard over the years to get to this point and he is doing something he loves.”
Greg Hill, a former Eufaula High School standout, is also on the West Alabama roster.