If you’re on Twitter, you can easily find recruits chirping away, but there’s a new manner of bird making noise in the nest – college football coaches. Jim Harbaugh’s taken to it like a duck to water, being the most egregious offender. His latest endeavors include slamming Tennessee’s Butch Jones and harassing Ohio State’s AD, which prompted former Buckeyes to strike back.
Nebraska has a coach that’s mastered Twitter in wide receivers specialist Keith Williams, but in nowhere near the same form or fashion Harbaugh has. The Cornhuskers recently received commitments from wide receivers Jaevon McQuitty and the much-heralded Keyshawn Johnson Jr. Shortly after Johnson committed, Williams tweeted:
Some may look at that and say it’s bigger than anything Harbaugh or any coach in recent history has put out into the great social media beyond. However, there’s a reason this wideout perfectionist literally has the Twitter handle @wideouts.
Jordan Westerkamp, Brandon Reilly and Alonzo Moore – all likely starters for Nebraska this season – improved statistically last year under Williams’ watch. He doesn’t mock his Big Ten cohorts. He mocks those who would waste time by not wanting to become or teach the best.
Following the verbal pledge of Johnson, it appears Williams has gone into full recruiting mode. With the Huskers already locking down two prospects and the aforementioned three players all leaving following this season, it’s likely that two more pass-catchers get a spot in Nebraska’s class of 2017. Williams offers a bit of advice for those considering the Big Red or any other school.
“There is a three-point conversation every young WR, who wants to reach their potential, should have with every WR coach they are considering. 1) What is the wideout stance you will teach me and what are three reasons that makes this the most effective stance? 2) What are three press releases you will teach me and are these releases useful against all types of press? If not, what are the differences? 3) What are three cone/separation drills you will teach me? What are the gains, benefits and purpose for each one?”
Sneaky, tactical and not unsurprising from a man who preaches the concept of “savage professionalism” complete with mascots of Silverback gorillas.
Williams is much like the rest of Nebraska’s football staff. He’s not likely to make headlines, especially in the way a man-child like Harbaugh does, but the former San Diego State Aztec gets the job done. He does his job so well, in fact, that he earned a $125,000 pay raise in just one year under Mike Riley.
Asking Williams about the antics of other coaches on Twitter would likely be an effort in futility. He has his eyes on showing elite talent why it needs to come to Lincoln, Neb. NFL wide receivers Ryan Grant and Xavier Rush already make the trip specifically to work out with him.
If he’s good enough for the one percent in The League, maybe it’s time for coaches’ conversation to turn back towards what they can actually offer. If not, Williams won’t only be pulling in receivers. Players from other positions will visit to see what all the fuss is about.
(Photo courtesy of Keith Williams' Twitter account, @wideouts)