Kahari Williams is aiming to make an impact for Clinton High School in two sports this year, which will be his final one wearing a Horses uniform.
A 6-foot-2, 190-pound dual sports athlete, Williams plays both football and basketball for CHS, playing multiple position in both sports. In football, he plays running back and slot receiver on offense. On the defensive side of the ball, he plays safety — and potentially linebacker — for the Horses this upcoming season.
The bulk of Williams’ numbers came on the defensive side last season, amassing 34 solo tackles, 48 total tackles, two sacks, an interception and one forced fumble. Williams said the team coming back this year is capable of big things.
“We got a good young team this year, I think we can go all the way this year — all we need is good tempo, and if we have that, I believe we can win a championship,” said Williams.
In basketball, Williams plays just as many positions as he does on the football field. Playing almost every position on the floor, from shooting guard to center, he has assisted in a lot of key roles. This year, he expects to move up from a key bench player into a starting role for the Horses.
“It feels great to go from coming off the bench to becoming a starter,” stated Williams. “It just feels great.”
Williams will be a key player for the Horses this season, CHS men’s basketball coach Randy Jordan said.
“He has this gift where he just seems to always be around the ball, especially on the offensive when it comes to rebounding — and whenever he’s around the ball something good always happens,” said Jordan. “He’ll also be a key player for us because he can do all these things for us on the floor, thanks to being such a good athlete. You can think of him like a utility player in baseball and that’s what he is to us.”
Williams has college hopes as well, with goals of playing at the next level for Campbell University.
“It’s my dream to play for Campbell, a nice little D-1 school. If I could choose which sports to play for them it’d probably be basketball, but if they wanted me for football, that will do too,” said Williams.
Though he’s unsure about what he wants to do for a career outside of sports, Williams has a general idea about what he wants to do in college.
“I’m still looking and still deciding on what I want to do for a career with my degree, but I do know that I want to major in business in college,” remarked Williams.
Williams said he puts 100 percent into whatever it is he strives to accomplish, something in which he takes great pride.
“If I could say anything about myself it would be that I’m a hard worker and that I put my all into everything that I do,” he stated.
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