WINDSOR, Conn. — More and more private schools in Connecticut are building talented football programs, and doing it with a deeper collection of Division I talent. There is also a growing group of Division I prospects in Massachusetts, which is raising New England’s profile in football recruiting.
And while Windsor (Conn.) Loomis Chaffee, Suffield (Conn.) Academy, Watertown (Conn.) Taft, Oakdale (Conn.) St. Thomas More, Avon (Conn.) Old Farms, Springfield (Mass.) Central and many others are sending players to Power 5 schools with regularity, there is another person to know on the New England recruiting scene.
Stanley “Stack” Williams is the CEO of non-profit Supreme Being Inc., and a key figure for many of the prospects in New England.
Penn State landed Tyler RudolphJeffrey Davis and Marquise Wilson, Michigan signed Kechaun BennettDuke grabbed Koby QuansahSyracuse got Justin Barron and Anthony Red Jr. and Clemson’s Tre Williams began his high school career in Hartford, Conn.
Each of them are alumni of Supreme Athlete, one of the programs under the Supreme Being umbrella based in Hartford. Included in it is the 7-on-7 Supreme Excel team, which is where Nebraska quarterback commit William Watson plays when he is not with Springfield (Mass.) Central.
According to Williams, the current collection of high school prospects include elite safety Joenel Aguero of Danvers (Mass.) John’s, Avon Old Farms quarterback Ryan Puglisi (2024), receiver Jackson Harper and safety Keshawn Adams (2024) and West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial receiver Mervens Amazan as well as with Bradenton (Fla.) IMG’s Ellis Robinson IV, who is from New Haven, Conn., and is the No. 4 players in 247Sports’ class of 2024.
“We are a mentoring program,” who grew up in Hartford. “For the kids, I believe the work we have done to this point has changed the course of so many lives.”
Williams began his organization 10 years ago, and it was born as part of a project he was working on while working toward one of his two master’s degrees.
Participants range from eight years old to high school seniors, and it encompasses multiple sports and is for boys and girls.
And while there are a bunch of different facets of the program, there is a key focus.
“The ‘Why’ is to eradicate some of the narratives that exist around the kids’ upbringing to give them an opportunity,” Williams said. “The kids had no exposure, no access, no resources. I looked at that as an issue and I said let me create a wraparound service that is offering tutoring and mentoring and sports training, and advocacy overall.”
The area is close to Williams’ heart.
He graduated from Hartford Weaver High in 2002, played football at SUNY-Morrisville in New York before transferring to UConn to play football.
Williams was playing with the Georgia Force in the Arena Football League. When it folded, he went back to school earned a master’s degrees in sports administration (Delaware State) and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
He is now a middle school teacher at Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Windsor, Conn.
It is a lot of work, and Williams puts in a bunch of hours, but the payoff at the end makes it all worth while when their kids realize their college dreams.
“It’s the cries from the parents,” he said. “These are mostly parents who do not have (knowledge) of this process. They have no sports background. They don’t know the politics of the game. They don’t know what is expected or how to help their child reach their dreams .
“So from that standpoint, the team we have helping them to achieve that, it is so heart melting. I wish someone would have done that for me.”