“Talking to some of the players, they really believe in the coaches, and what they’re doing, and they’ve got a lot of guys returning on both sides of the ball,” said Williamson. “That’s the thing: There are a lot of guys returning on offense, and a lot of guys returning on the D-line and linebacking corps, but the secondary is where they need a lot of help, so a guy like me could come in and play there, if I do everything I’m supposed to and take advantage of my opportunities.”
Both defensive backs coach Greg Burns and defensive coordinator Art Kaufman told the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Williamson that there’s a very good chance he can play early, but, he said, he knows he’ll have to work.
“It’s just out-working the other guys, making the right plays, making the right reads and stuff like that,” Williamson said. “They definitely showed a lot of interest, and I’m definitely interested in the program, and they’re definitely going to be up there.”
Specifically, Williamson might find himself in contention for the nickel spot, if he winds up committing.
“I got a lot of one-on-one time with coach Burns,” Williamson said. “He showed me some schemes and formations and stuff like that. He talked about me coming in, the possibility of playing early. We talked a lot about me playing the corner position, and the possibility of me playing nickel, too, since I’m a bigger corner.”
Kaufman had high praise for the two-way star, who got most of his attention as a wide receiver.
“He was kind of saying the same things as coach Burns. He likes me at corner a whole lot, and he said I was a guy who could come in here and change and impact the program really quickly,” said Williamson.
Williamson was struck by the campus and by the academic prestige of the institution, but it was the visit group that really made the visit.
“It was a really good official visit. It was a good experience. It’s a beautiful place. It was a positive weekend, honestly. I got to learn a lot of things about Cal, talk to some coaches, got to know the players and other recruits. It was a good time,” Williamson said. “The visit group was definitely interesting. We had guys from all over the place, and we actually got a lot of guys from the South, so we were all talking about playing together. It was a good group of guys. We all got along really well. We connected from the jump, from Day One. It was like we’d known each other for a while. We just bonded really well.”
Of course, the Bears got a commit out of the southeast in big offensive lineman Nick Buchanan.
“One thing that we discussed, was we all discussed playing together, and with a couple of guys possibly ending up at Cal, making it their final destination, we’d get to have that experience with other guys who are going through the same thing, and who understand what we’re going through,” said Williamson. “That was something we talked about when we were up there.”
Williamson’s official visit host was defensive lineman Chris Palmer, a Georgia native, like Buchanan.
“He actually enjoys it a lot,” said Williamson. “There’s not too many Georgia guys out there, but he was definitely trying to recruit to get more Georgia guys out there. He said it’s not too bad being this far from home.”
While a decision may not be eminent for Williamson, the visit put him in a good frame of mine, with regards to Cal, though he and his parents haven’t spoken at-length about it quite yet. He still has, of course, some academic work to attend to.
“We haven’t talked too much. I’m finishing up some finals this week, and now that we’ve got Christmas break, we’ve got a dead period, and we’ll sit down and talk about it more,” Williams said. “I let them know that I really enjoyed the visit, and I let them know that it’s a huge possibility that I could definitely see myself playing there, playing for coach Dykes and coach Burns.”