OAKLAND, Calif. -- The predominant image that comes to mind with the words ‘California boy,' is shaggy blond hair, chiseled muscles, a surfboard and a mischievous smile. Fresno (Calif.) Central East defensive tackle Sharif Williams has the blond – if only at the tips of his dreadlocks – and while a six-pack may be built for show, Williams is built to go, as he did on Sunday at the NFTC at Laney College in Oakland.
Williams is indeed a self-described "California boy," and that's exactly why one of the offers he covets the most is one from the Golden Bears.
"That's an offer I'm hoping for," said Williams. "I like just the town of Berkeley, I like the Bay Area. I'm just a California boy ... I just like the school, and I like the new facilities, too. I went to check them out [before the spring game] and it was nice."
Williams said that the biggest reason he wants the Cal offer is because of defensive line coach Barry Sacks.
"He's a really good dude," Williams said. "I've been talking with him. I like him, and I want to play for him."
Williams said that with spring ball starting on Monday, he's not entirely sure if he'll be able to make the Bears' three-day full-contact camp June 21-23, but he will make it a point to either get to that camp or the one-day showcase camp on July 27.
Williams said that he is "pretty close," with current Bears running back Brendan Bigelow, having known the speedster since Williams was in eighth grade.
During the NFTC event, Williams looked better on-the-hoof than four-star Tashon Smallwood, showing quicker feet than one would expect from a 6-foot-3, 320-pounder, but given the paucity of reps afforded each player, neither had much time to really get going.
"I should have gotten more reps, but other than that, I think I did well," said Williams, who can play various techniques on the interior of the line.
"[The Bears] like me as a three-tech or a head-up," said Williams, who played three-technique defensive tackle in the 4-3 Grizzlies defense last year, but will play in the middle of the the newly-installed 3-4 scheme this coming season.
Cal, though, isn't the only school that is interested in Williams's services. Fresno State recently offered, and on Sunday evening, Williams is calling Tosh Lupoi of Washington, which, he says, is close to offering.
NFTC: Sharif Williams Talks Cal Camp
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