ASU impresses four-star QB

Whether it was the campus, the football program or just the style of play, Troy Williams' visit to Tempe last Thursday was by all accounts a very positive experience for the Southern California signal caller.

"It was a real nice visit," said the 6-2 190-pound Troy Williams. "I really liked touring the campus and seeing the school and the facilities. I also got to go to practice where I met all the coaches and some of the players. I sat on the quarterbacks meeting they had, go over some film and it was really great doing all that.

"I really like the uniforms they wore in practice (Arizona State had an abbreviated scrimmage the day of Williams' visit). The defense was wearing all-black and the offense was wearing all-white and I thought that was very cool."

Williams cited the versatility of the Sun Devil offense, as one the more attractive traits of ASU's scheme.

"It's an offense that gives a quarterback a lot of options to go to," Williams explained, "especially with the spread. It's very similar to what we run in high school and I think I could fit in easily with that scheme.

"I talked to two of the quarterbacks there, Michael Eubank and Mike Bercovici and they said how much they loved this offense and just the football team in general."

The Harbor City Narbonne High School quarterback is one of the most coveted 2013 quarterbacks on the West Coast. As a junior Williams threw for 3,247 yards, 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. On the ground he rushed for 587 yards and 11 scores. Those feats earned him L.A City Player of the Year honors after leading the Gauchos to their first ever city title. Williams is ranked 15th among quarterbacks in his class by Scout.com.

"When I talked to (ASU offensive coordinator) Coach Norvell he said that what he likes most about me is the way I throw the ball," Williams said. "He also likes how I can make a lot of plays with my feet. He thinks I can really contribute if I came to the school. I'm planning on graduating early and he said that I should do that so I can come early in the spring and start competing for a position."

Following his Thursday visit to ASU, Williams headed south to Tucson to visit one of his other main suitors, the University of Arizona.

"I liked the Arizona visit," Williams described. "It was really similar (to ASU's). The campus and the stadium were all really nice and I also liked the coaches and players there. They also run a spread offense there which is good."

The two archrival schools, along with Pac-12 foes Washington and UCLA, as well as Mississippi comprise Williams' Top-5 list of schools, and the quarterback indicated that doesn't favor one of those programs over the others.

Following last week's tandem of visits, the Narbonne quarterback is now planning to visit Washington in the near future and pay another visit to UCLA. Williams indicated that he wasn't sure if he would visit Mississippi or not, especially due to the fact that he intends to make his pledge by the end of this month.

"Academics are going to be the most important thing in my decision," Williams said. "Depth chart is also something I'm going to look at to see what are my chances of getting on the field early. I'm looking for a school where I will feel comfortable at and knowing that it can prepare me for the next level."


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