Williams still working on recovery

Sharif Williams suffered a knee injury earlier this season, but continue to work to get healthy. Read on for his thoughts on the process, future at Arizona, and more.

At the time of his commitment, fan expectations for Fresno (Calif.) Central East defensive tackle Sharif Williams were at an all-time high.

The 330-pound tackle possessed the strength that suggested he could play early on.

However, that was before he suffered a gruesome knee injury in a nationally televised high school game.

Despite the catastrophic injury, Williams remains optimistic about his football future.

"I don't know how long it will take, but I will get back to where I need to be," Williams said. "I'm working on my flexibility and strengthening exercises now."

High school teammates and fellow UA commits, Nick Wilson and Devon Brewer, have supported Williams since his injury.

"We're buddies and that's what we do," Williams said. "One of the things that I really liked about Arizona was that I could be going to college with two of my longtime teammates. Not a lot of kids get to do that and we want to come in and make an imprint."

It's not just his teammates who have supported Williams.

"The UA coaches call just to check in and stuff; they're really cool," Williams said. "They plan on me coming to campus to continue to work on my rehab and they think I can be a nice piece of the team's future."

With his high school career over, Williams is already thinking about the next step in his life.

"It's going to be great to get to Arizona, so I can continue to work on my rehab and also learn the playbook and just fit into college life, on and off the field," he said.

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