Oregon prospect to visit BYU

As mentioned at OregonPreps.com, BYU has secured the commitments of some of the top members of the class of 2013 in Oregon. Those on the list include Aloha High School offensive tackle Brayden Kearsly and Central Catholic High School safety Dallin Leavitt. There's also another on the list of top Oregon prospects that BYU is taking a very close look at.

This other prospect that BYU is looking at is Tualatin High School's Jeff Williams. He's listed as one of the top prep players within the state of Oregon.

"I'm 6'2", 225 pounds and I play running back and linebacker for Tualatin High School here in Portland, Oregon," Williams said. "Right now I'm just working and to get bigger, stronger and faster. The last time I did my squat I did 405 and bench around 285. My power clean is also 285. I have a 34 inch vertical and my 40 time last summer was a 4.6. The next time I run my 40 time I want to be in the 4.5 range. I just want to get better and have a really good senior year next year."

Williams also runs track and excels in the 400 relay and triple jump for Tualatin High School.

"My longest distance in the triple jump is a 43. In the 400 relay I run the anchor. My best time is 51 seconds in the 400, and the anchor is usually for the fastest guys on the team."

Williams plays on both sides of the ball for football head coach Rob Hastin. He sees time in the offensive backfield as an h-back, and also plays middle linebacker.

"I'm not exactly sure what my defensive state are exactly, but I think I got over 75 tackles," he said. "I think there is a lot of room for improvements, but overall I think my season went pretty well. We went 8-3 last year and we lost in the second round of the state playoffs. I think next year I'll have a big impact.

"On the offensive side of the ball, last year I played h-back and did a lot of blocking because we run kind of a double-wing offense. I would mostly block and caught passes as a receiver. I had quite a few receptions but don't know what my stats are. I did run the ball once in a while last year, but next year I'll be more of the main running back and run the ball a lot more."

Playing in Oregon's 6A division, one school that Williams and his Tualatin team lost to was Aloha High School during the second week of the season. BYU commit Brayden Kearsley, one of the top offensive linemen in the West, plays for Aloha.

"I met him at the BYU camp last year," Williams said about Kearsley. "That was about it. He seems like a nice kid, but other than that I don't really know him."

Williams was able to have a good showing at BYU's summer camp.

"I went to the summer camp at BYU the last few years, and after the camp I got the top running back award for the week," Williams said. "I'm going to go to BYU's camp again this summer."

A member of the LDS faith, Williams hasn't sought out many colleges or attended other university football camps other than BYU's.

"I haven't been talking to anyone else much other than BYU," Williams said. "I've been talking to Coach Poppinga when I can and call him every week to give him updates. I don't really know yet what's going on but I hope to make an impression. I'll be heading on down to BYU for spring practice in March to check things out."

Williams hasn't had much contact with other schools.

"I haven't really gotten anything from anybody else but BYU," said Williams. "I've kind of been under the radar, you can say, because I haven't really been out to any camps or anything other than BYU's camp. I've been invited to go to other camps and was even invited to go the Barton Camp. The thing is they're on Sunday, so I don't go to them. If went to these camps I would be more well known."

However, he's not under the radar when it comes to BYU.

"[Coach Poppinga] invited me to come down and check out a spring practice, and so I'm going to go do that," Williams said. "The middle linebacker coach wants to meet me, so when I go down there I'll be talking with them. We'll see what happens I guess. I know I'm going to try my hardest to be the best I can be. It would be sweet to get a scholarship to go to BYU."

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