DE, 6-4, 225, Denton, Texas (Ryan HS)
Josh Williams is one of three players in the Huskers' 2008 class expected to begin their career at Nebraska on the defensive front. Williams is part of the Huskers' large recruiting harvest from Texas, as nine players from the Lone Star State are included in the class. The 6-4, 225-pound Williams has had standout seasons for Coach Joey Florence at Denton's Ryan High School each of the past two years. During his senior season, Williams made 75 tackles, including 25 tackles for loss and 12 sacks, helping Ryan High School to a 6-5 record. His play earned him first-team all-district honors in the Class 4A ranks. Williams also earned first-team all-district honors as a junior in 2006. Williams made 68 tackles, including 22 tackles for loss, and logged six sacks and six pass breakups during his junior campaign. Williams is regarded as one of the top 20 defensive ends in the country by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com. Williams is listed as the No. 19 prospect by the Dallas Morning News on its Area 100, while Rivals.com lists him among the top 50 players in Texas and SuperPrep Magazine ranks him among the top 60 players in the Southwest region. Williams also visited Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri, and received offers from Texas and Texas A&M, among others before choosing Nebraska. Williams was born on Sept. 24, 1990, and is the son of Rose Williams.