Player Spotlight: LLiam Horrocks
I recently had the opportunity to get in contact with Outside Linebacker Lliam Horrocks. A Class of 2021 recruit that has great ability along with terrific work ethic. At 6’3” 220 lbs. Lliam Horrocks the Saint James School product provided me a lot of great information on a variety of topics. I inquired about topics […]
I recently had the opportunity to get in contact with Outside Linebacker Lliam Horrocks. A Class of 2021 recruit that has great ability along with terrific work ethic. At 6’3” 220 lbs. Lliam Horrocks the Saint James School product provided me a lot of great information on a variety of topics. I inquired about topics ranging from the strengths of his game to his offseason work and goals he has set for himself. Which is why this piece will look to elaborate on several topics I asked Lliam Horrocks about in terms of his game and goals.
The first topic I wanted to gain information on was his feelings on the strengths of his game currently. As I inquired about what parts of him game, he considers his strongest points. Horrocks explained, “I would say my strengths are pass-rushing, my technique in particular.” On film these claims are confirmed as he is a constant disruptive force up front for St. James. He continued, “Even though I’m not the bulkiest guy on the field, I know how to use my hands to get to the QB.” He displays this often on film, utilizing his hands to gain a leverage advantage on opposing offensive lineman. While also showing a couple of different moves using his hands to discard his opponent and get to the QB. The other strength Horrocks highlighted was his football IQ. Stating, “Another one would be IQ, which comes with film study.” Continuing, “I always find time to watch film during game week, and during the off-season to get mental reps and reduce the chance of making the same mistake more than once,” This showcases the work ethic and study habits Horrocks has to better his knowledge of the game and gain an advantage on his opponents. As he later detailed about how he looks for tendencies of a certain player to decipher situations. Horrocks still feels his preparation could be even better, displaying his commitment to his craft.
The next questions I posed dealt with what he feels he needs to improve in his game and body for the coming year. As Horrocks stated, “I need to improve on my flexibility and explosiveness. Having long legs isn’t always a benefit.” Horrocks as he explained is trying to better utilize his length and being more flexible to help his bend off the edge on pass rush. While working on his speed and reaction time to be more explosive off the edge which will only help him impact games more. I then transitioned to what he is working on to better himself physically. He explained, “I’ve actually started a different diet. Lifting wise, I haven’t changed what I’ve been doing much. I do run hills more often this year, and that goes back to my explosiveness.” Horrocks further detailed how his diet consists of a lot of protein, and not many carbs. While stating he is working with his trainer consistently to stay in shape. This means Horrocks is working along all avenues to give himself the best chance to be the best player he can be.
I then asked Horrocks about what he considers the most important task at his position. Horrocks stated, “The most important part of being a linebacker is knowing your opponents. Knowing your opponents makes your reads easy.” Horrocks even described an experience against an opposing tackle from National Christian Academy and how he learned he always looked at who he had to block. This showcases the film study he does and how well he deciphers information. Applying these to his play on the field to affect the game in many ways.
I then finished up my inquiries by asking about any college offers he has. Along with trying to learn of any goals whether personal or team oriented he has set. He explained he does not have any current offers but has several D1 schools interested in him. He further detailed, “Next year, I hope to get a D1 offer. As a team, I just want us to have fun. I would love to go undefeated, but if we lose once, we can’t stop having fun.” Horrocks clearly aspires to get noticed by D1 programs and should acquire such attention with a strong season. Plus, the fact he has this type of mindset to want to win, but not let it affect his team’s enjoyment playing the game shows leadership qualities.
Lliam Horrocks is a player that has the ability coupled with the tremendous work ethic to be an impact defender. As he continues to grow into his frame and add more technically to his game, he will be a recruit worth tracking all next season. Lliam Horrocks can have a breakout campaign next season and with his mind for and ability to play the game this will occur.