Joining Devante Williams at his signing ceremony were: front row, left to right, his mother, Jacqueline Williams, Williams, and his father, Melvin Williams; back row, left to right, ECHS coach Howard Ballard, former ECHS head coach Lev Holly, ECHS coach Fred Moore, and ECHS principal Dennis Fuqua.
Joining Devante Williams at his signing ceremony were: front row, left to right, his mother, Jacqueline Williams, Williams, and his father, Melvin Williams; back row, left to right, ECHS coach Howard Ballard, former ECHS coach Lev Holly, ECHS coach Fred Moore, and ECHS principal Dennis Fuqua.

Williams signs with Miles

Published 11:15am Thursday, March 13, 2014

Escambia County High School senior Devante Williams will stay in the state to play his college football.

Williams officially signed with Miles College, during a ceremony held Thursday morning at the ECHS library. Family members and coaches, including his head coach Lev Holly, joined him at the signing.

“He was a team leader and was very dedicated to everything he did, both on and off the field,” said Holly, who was ECHS’s head coach from 2012-13.

Williams finished his senior season with 51 catches for 1,094 yards and eight touchdowns. He also played as a defensive back for the Blue Devils.

Holly said Williams has been asked to try out at both wide receiver and safety for Miles, a historically black college located in Fairfield, near Birmingham. Miles’ teams are called the Golden Bears, and they play in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in NCAA’s Division II.

“Devante played both ways for us and he was a natural leader for our team,” Holly said. “He probably could have had even more yards if he’d only played wide receiver, but he did what he had to do to help our team.”

Williams said he was very excited to continue his football career. He noted that Miles had a great atmosphere and that “it was like a family.”

Williams said also considered playing football at Alabama State University.

ECHS principal Dennis Fuqua said Williams was a great student, both academically and off the field.

“He’s very humble,” he said. “That’s not something that you see from a lot of young people these days.”

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