West Orange RB Dexter Williams post top SPARQ score at NFTC, invited to Nike's The Opening
On a beautiful Saturday at Austin Tindall Park, Dexter Williams took advantage.
The Winter Garden West Orange running back, who surprised numerous people in February when he posted a 117.03 rating at the Nike SPARQ Combine in rainy, blustery conditions at Lake Brantley High School, blew that performance off the charts Saturday.
Williams posted a 131.37 score, good for a current standing of second in the nation, and with the performance earned an invitation to Nike's mid-summer high school football party The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. The events that shot his score up this time were his vertical leap of 44.5 inches and his 36.5 feet powerball toss. He also ran a 4.57 40-yard dash and had a 4.01-second time in the 5-10-5-yard shuttle drill.
"It's a blessing. I've been working hard with my trainer Les [Hewitt] and just been keeping my mind on the right track and just doing the right thing ... being a great person," Williams said.
Williams has also blown up on the recruiting scene. He has nine offers and all are from major football powers and all have come in the past month. He released a top three in February and it did not include Florida, but Saturday he said his top five are the Gators, Miami, Georgia, Ohio State and Southern Cal.
"Well ... it's just a family thing, it's a Gator thing. That's all I hear every day. My dad will be in the background talking about, 'Gator, Gator, Gator,' " Williams said. "I have a lot of love for Florida, and plus, that's where I'm from, Florida, and I do want to hold it down for my state."
When Florida was not in the mix among his original favorites, it surprised a few people, including members of the Gators' coaching staff.
"I heard a lot about and I got a couple of calls from the coaches and they asked me why," Williams said. "But I have this feeling in my gut that Florida should be in there."
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting, and on Instagram at os_recruiting.