Ringgold's Reid Williams dives into UTC's O-line competition

Staff photo by Olivia Ross / UTC offensive lineman Reid Williams, center, is a 6-foot-1, 295-pound sophomore who could start for the Mocs when they host Wofford on Sept. 3 in a season-opening SoCon matchup at Finley Stadium.

Reid Williams knew growing up that he wanted to play football for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

In 2019, he was invited to UTC's prospect camp the summer before his senior season at Ringgold High School, where he wound up being a two-time all-state offensive lineman for the GHSA Class AAA program.

UTC coaches knew about Williams, whose older brother Bucky played at Austin Peay, and liked him as a prospect, but they wanted to evaluate the younger brother up close and see how well he competed.

Williams was determined to do whatever he needed to do while at the camp to secure a scholarship offer from the Mocs, and one moment in particular raised his stock. During a 1-on-1 drill against a defensive line prospect, the defender spun and the back of his head hit Williams right above his eye.