Editor's Note: This is the 15th in a series of stories profiling the players in Penn State's Class of 2012.
Trevor Williams was heavily targeted in the Calvert Hall offense.
Statistics can be a tricky thing when you're comparing or contrasting top high school prospects. You have to consider the scheme or offense the team is running, the caliber of the opposition, the quality of other players on the team, the number of games and more before putting much stock in a player's statistics.
Some stats, though, just jump out at you. Like the 99 -- yes, 99 -- catches Trevor Williams made for Calvert Hall last season.
Coach Donald Davis' team ran a high-volume offense, and many of those catches were bubble screens -- "almost like an extended run play," Davis said -- but Williams did a lot after the catches, too, compiling more than 1,180 receiving yards and 15 scores. And Davis' favorite Williams stat was one of his smallest -- the number of passes he dropped.
"Very, very few drops," Davis said. "He doesn't drop the ball. There were at least two times he caught touchdowns near the back of the end zone that were called incomplete. The officials admitted after the game they blew the calls."
The 6-foot-1 Williams caught 40 passes as a sophomore and 60 as a junior, then nearly equaled that total this past fall as Calvert Hall went 11-2. He looked the vast majority of them into his hands as opposed to catching them with his body, said Davis.
"He's very what I call a natural pass catcher," Davis said. "It doesn't look so fantastic. It just happens a lot."
Williams focuses more on working at his game than talking about it, said his coach.
"He's very quiet," Davis said. "He's going to come to work and do what he's supposed to do. You're not going to hear a ton out of him; that's his personality. He's very businesslike."
Williams and his longtime friend and teammate DaQuan Davis -- they went to middle school together -- were both committed to West Virginia last year. But the departure of a couple of defensive assistant coaches (Davis plays cornerback and Williams was getting the feel from the West Virginia staff that he might wind up on defense) made them re-open their recruitment. Both committed to Penn State -- where they had watched former teammate Adrian Amos have a big impact as a true freshman last season -- in late January.
Williams' relationship with DaQuan Davis -- the two went at each other hard each day in practice -- might have been most responsible for his production on game nights.
"Obviously the two guys are going to drive each other make each other better, going to get the most out of each other," Donald Davis said. "It was a very healthy and competitive atmosphere they created among our guys. It was good for everyone else involved. Two guys like that are competitors, and they've still got a tremendous amount of respect for each other. It created a great dynamic on a daily basis and fostered an environment that I want in the program -- guys that are competing every day."