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WSU’s new nickel? Kedron Williams commits to Cougars

UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017

WSU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch coaches up his players during spring football practice on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
WSU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch coaches up his players during spring football practice on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

PULLMAN – Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch has showed a willingness to play both former linebackers and former defensive backs at the hybrid nickel position in Washington State’s defense.

Now he has recruited a player who can do both.

Kedron Williams from California’s Saint John Bosco High announced his commitment to Washington State on Twitter.

In the post, Williams wrote, “This is a moment I have been dreaming of ever since I put on my first helmet and made my first tackle. … With that being said, I have decided to commit today. I feel like this is the best decision for myself and my family as well. With that being said, I will be suiting up in the (Crimson) and (Gray) for (Coach Mike Leach) and (Coach Roy Manning) at Washington State”.

Williams is listed at 6-foot-1, 192-pounds. Film shows him primarily playing near the line of scrimmage as an outside linebacker, but his highlights feature lots of plays in which he covers wide receivers. That appears to make him a good fit for WSU’s nickel position, which the Cougars employ in lieu of a strongside linebacker.

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