November 29, 2021
"Changing Lives, Improving Communities"

Diamond In The Rough: Daelyn Williams

Daelyn Williams is 5’10” 165 pound quarterback out of Dekaney High School in Houston, Texas. He is in the class of 2021. He is an overall exceptional athlete with a good arm strength. Williams is also a dynamic runner who is hard to contain one he gets outside of the pocket. He was the 2019 16-6A football District MVP, and is a 2x All-District point guard for his hardwork on Dekaney’s basketball team. Williams has a 4.5 gpa and an SAT score of 1000.


When did you begin playing football and what motivated you to play?

I started playing football at three years old. I wasn’t really motivated by anything, I just fell in love with the sport by seeing other people play it.

How do you think your coaches and teammates would describe you?

They would I am loud, funny, hardworking, and a leader. I am somebody who wants to win and will do anything to help my team win. Those are some characteristics that those guys would give me.

What hobbies do you have outside of sports?

I pretty much just play video games outside of sports. I like to play Madden or Call of Duty. I really just play those two.

I see you have a 4.5 gpa! How have you juggled schoolwork and football?

It just come naturally for me! Of course you have to work hard at both. School is something I find to be fairly easy. I do my work right away and get it done.

What’s your favorite thing about playing football in Texas?

I love the big crowds. In this state, football is like the Mecca. It’s a big crowd every night and it gives you a big adrenaline rush. With me being a quarterback, it’s like you are at the center of the attention. Everyone knows who you are. So I would say the crowds are my favorite thing.

So you just said at quarterback you’re usually the center of attention and everyone knows you. Would you say that is your favorite thing about your position or is there another aspect that’s your favorite?

Knowing I get to touch the ball every play and make an impact on the game is a great feeling. At quarterback, the game is pretty much in your hands. You take wins just like you take the losses, you get to learn from both. My favorite part is knowing the game is based on how I play.

What are some goals you have for this season?

Right now, my main and only goal is to win a state title. I have accomplished everything that I set out for coming into high school. The last thing I want and need to do is win a state title.

What’s been the highlight of your football career?

The highlight of my career so far would probably be winning District MVP. This is such a competitive district. We have 3, 4, and 5 star guys in this district every year. A lot of them end up going to Alabama, LSU, or Oklahoma every year. Just being picked to be MVP for my district is a huge honor, especially as a Junior.

What has football taught you about life?

Football has taught me a lot. Most importantly is has taught me that hard work pays off. You need to keep your head down, pray, and keep working. If anything it has taught me to just believe in my self and keep looking forward.

I see you’re committed to Lamar University. What are you planning on bringing that that team and what are you looking for out of Lamar?

I plan on brining a whole new mindset. It’s a brand new, young coaching staff. It’s their first year. They really made me a priority in getting me to commit there. I want to achieve a couple of conference titles and maybe even play for a national title. What I am looking for is a family vibe where I can leave a legacy. I want to bring a huge fanbase to Beaumont!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, hopefully I am preparing for the NFL draft. If not, I would like to be preparing for my first coaching job.

Three words to describe yourself?

Smart, athletic, and funny.

Is there a specific song or artist that gets you hype before each game? 

Not really! I just put my phone on shuffle and go from there.

If you can pick any one dead or alive to sit down with and ask anything you want, who would you pick?

My grandpa. I always hear some great stories about him. People even say we act alike. I would like to see how he was and how that would go.

What is your favorite meal or snack to eat before a game?

Our coach make this pasta! It would be that. It’s like a beef and cheese pasta.

What is one thing could you not go a day without?

My phone! I am always on it because I get bored a lot.