Rice dropped a 4-3 decision to North Carolina State on Saturday
Wayne Graham said --"John continues to get better. He has outstanding speed and we think he's in the mix to play in the outfield. He threw well enough in the fall that he could be a left-handed option out of the bullpen."
At Rice -- 2013: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Showed versatility by contributing to the team as both a position player/hitter and pitcher... Played in 25 games overall, including twice as a relief pitcher in the second half of the season... Started five games, including three times in the outfield and twice as the designated hitter... Made Rice debut starting as the designated hitter on Opening Day against nationally ranked Stanford and Cardinal pitcher Mark Appel, the eventual No. 1 pick in the major league draft... Collected hits against Dallas Baptist and on the road at Hawaii... Tied for third on the team in games played as a pinch hitter (5)... Appeared as a pinch-runner one time, where he scored in the series-opener at FIU... Also scored on the road at Sam Houston State after drawing a walk in a pinch-hitting role... Error-free in six defensive chances in the outfield... Made first of two pitching appearances in the opening game of the road series against eventual C-USA co-champion Southern Miss... Pitched and recorded an out three weeks later in the C-USA series-opener against UCF... 2012: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Did not appear in any game action in first season with the program... Played for the Oahu Paddlers of the Hawaii Collegiate League over the summer.
High School -- A 2011 graduate of Lamar High School in Houston... Second Team All-Greater Houston selection by the Houston Chronicle, Houston5ABaseball.com, and the Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association (HABCA) as a senior in 2011... Named the District 20-5A Player of the Year as a senior, helping lead the Redskins to a 33-7-1 record and to the 5A Region III semi-finals... Three-time all-district selection, including first team honors in 2011 and 2010... Twice played in the HABCA all-star game... Selected to play on Team Texas, which won the 2011 Heartland Classic in Norman, Okla... Hit .452 with seven home runs, 51 runs scored, 40 RBI and 20 stolen bases in the team's 41 games... Went 9-2 with a 2.00 ERA on the mound, registering 79 strikeouts in 65 innings of work... Season highlight was pitching a no-hitter against district rival Bellaire... Served as a team co-captain for head coach Mike McGilvary... Was named to the 2011 Preseason All-Greater Houston team by the Houston Athletic Committee after a sensation junior season where he batted .445 with 11 home runs and had a .927 slugging percentage... Played on the West University Senior League World Series Championship Team in 2009... Outstanding student... Maintained a 4.39 grade point average to graduate in the Top 10 percent of his class.
Personal -- Full name: John Garland Williamson... Born: September 27, 1992, in Houston... Parents: Jimmy Williamson and Ann Blackwood of Houston (two brothers)... Brother, James, was a four-year baseball letterman at William & Mary (2006-2009)... College: Sid Richardson