Recruiting Dive: Micah Williams Evolving Into Blue-Chipper

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In recruiting, it's all about consistency. 

And when considering Micah Williams' first indoor season for Portland Benson High School, it's been more of the same from the high school junior. 

In a crucial year for development, he's already shown a penchant for versatility, producing elite performances in his first year of indoor track at 60 meters. It would be hard for any major program looking for a high-ceiling sprinter not to see the potential in Williams, a muscular sprinter who blossomed as a sophomore into one of the country's top athletes at 100m and 200m. 

Here's a view of his performances in the 60m so far: 

60m6.64Simplot Games
6.67UW Indoor Preview
6.7UW Indoor Preview
7.16Simplot Games
200m23.65Simplot Games

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Williams' best in 2019 would currently rank No. 22 in the NCAA right now -- just outside qualification to NCAAs. But of those sprinters in college ranked with faster times this indoor season, just three were underclassmen. 

Looking deeper into his high school times, Williams efforts are on another level. Before 2019, only eight high school athletes all-time had run faster than 6.64 indoors. 

That, on its own, should show you what kind of talent Williams possesses in the short sprints. But as we look toward the outdoor season, we should continue to see even more progression from him beyond that. 

Here are his sophomore times: 

100m10.37USA Junior Outdoor Champs4th
10.42OSAA 6A State Champs1st
10.51USA Junior Outdoor ChampsPrelims
10.55Brooks PR Invitational2nd
10.57PIL District 6A-1 Champs1st
200m21.17wWilsonville Invite
21.19OSAA 6A State Champs1st
21.56PIL District 6A-1 Champs1st
21.8OSAA 6A State ChampsPrelims
22.16PIL District 6A-1 ChampsPrelims
400m51.27PIL Dual

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Fast times don't mean much in a bubble. But Williams squashed any "lucky breaks" with consistent form in 2018. He had five wind-legal times under 10.6 in the 100m, and four of those came against big competition in big meets.  

Only two performances in the 200m were faster than 21.4, but he had four efforts under 22 seconds, which was four more than he had in 2017 as a freshman--his only sub-22 wasn't wind-legal. 

In 2019, Williams should more than likely turn the corner. 

When looking for an apt comparison, a quick and easy parallel would be Miramar senior Taylor Banks

The pair are almost identical through their class marks outdoors, with Banks edging Williams in the 100m (10.34-10.37) and 200m (21.14-21.17) by mere hundredths of a second across their sophomore seasons. 

Banks edged Williams in the final of the Brooks PR 100m last year, 10.48-10.55. Banks, a Florida State signee based near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, never ran indoor track, though. 

And that's where Williams has the inside lane. 

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more recruiting dives.