Scouting Report: Raequan Williams, DT, Michigan State

Chicago, IL | 6034 | 304 | 5.22E | 2020

Developing player who has demonstrated the ability to be an anchor along the Spartans defensive line. He rotated sides on the interior of the line with Malik McDowell (Seahawks) as a freshman and at times was the better player of the two. He has also lined up over the center as a nose tackle in hybrid looks and is viewed by the coaching staff as a player who can line up anywhere along the defensive line. His best attributes would be his strength and power—his upper body power, which creates great push, in addition to his lower leg strength. He doesn’t give up much ground; is able to eat up space and take on double teams. A lead by example type player with a non-stop motor. He also possesses long arms to his benefit. His first step needs to be quicker, with more explosion off the ball to help get up-field faster. He could stand to get lower in his stance, he has worked on improving his pass-rush repertoire, once he gets his strength and technique working together, he’ll be able to be more of a backfield disruptor. Suffered an arm injury in October of 2016 that hindered him throughout the season. Has a high school basketball background.

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2016: Played in 11 games, including three starts at nose tackle (Rutgers, Ohio State, Penn State), to earn his first letter . . . ranked fourth on the team with five tackles for loss (14 yards) . . . collected 28 tackles overall . . . also had two sacks for 10 yards.

2015: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Western Michigan.

High School/Personal: 
Ranked among the nation’s Top 300 prospects by Scout.com (No. 159) and 247Sports.com (No. 246) . . . rated among the country’s top defensive tackles by Scout.com (No. 17), 247Sports.com (No. 18) and ESPN.com (No. 38) . . . listed among the Midwest’s top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 39) . . . ranked among the state’s top seniors by 247Sports.com (No. 2), Scout.com (No. 3) and ESPN.com (No. 11) . . . three-year starter and three-time All-Catholic League Red Division selection for Coach Bill Jeske at DePaul College Prep (formerly Gordon Tech) in Chicago, Illinois . . . saw action at defensive tackle, defensive end and right tackle as a senior while helping the Rams to their first winning season since 2005 and a trip to the Prep Bowl playoffs . . . earned first-team all-state honors from the Chicago Tribune and The News-Gazette as a senior . . . named to the Chicago Sun-Times and ChicagoFootball.com’s all-area teams . . . presented the Tony Lawless Award as the Catholic League Red Division Player of the Year in 2014 . . . recorded 74 tackles (53 solos, 21 assists) as a senior, with 22 resulting in losses including eight sacks . . . also credited with nine pass break-ups and three forced fumbles in 2014 . . . also played basketball . . . appointed captain of the Rams’ basketball team as a sophomore . . . son of LaTasha Williams . . . his guardian is MacKenzie Hyde . . . born Feb. 14, 1997 . . . communication major.