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ABC 27's Scholar Athlete of the Week: Madison County's RJ Williams

Posted at 6:49 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 18:49:08-05

MADISON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Madison County's RJ Williams is the ultimate Cowboy, a standout on the football field, the baseball diamond, and in the classroom. He knows how to win, as he's been on top as a Cowboy football player.

"It's nowhere in the whole world I'd rather be than go to high school."

A Cowboy that's already left his mark, but after falling short in football this season, he's ready to add a little more to his legacy on the diamond.

"He's probably the fastest dude in the building, probably one of the smartest kids in the building," said head baseball coach Jason Fletcher. "He's just a joy man. He's always smiling, always just excited to be here."

"It just gives me another chance to play before my senior year ends," said Williams. "Not just football, but another sport period. I just want to lead a mark on this school, hopefully, get these guys where they want to be and enjoy it as a team."

In just his second full season playing baseball, he's making the most of every moment. As impressive as he is athletic, the same holds true in the classroom. Williams has a 3.5 GPA and will graduate from Madison County with his AA degree.

"You compile the work it takes to do that with the work he does year-round on whatever field he's standing on, it's impressive," said Fletcher.

"I try to be the best example I can be to keep everybody's heads high," added Williams. "Just help us be a better team also."

A better team to add to the rich tradition of Madison County athletics.

"I made so many friends and some people I call my family now because of where I was born and where I grew up at," he said. "They helped me become the person I am today and hopefully I can help these guys do the same."

The person he is, and the winning standard he helped to carry on.

Williams will play football in college, as he signed with Stetson. He said he plans to study psychology or sports medicine.