Bears Right for Williams

Dallas (Tex.) Skyline four-star CB Steve Williams says he knew California was the right school for him after taking his official visit to Oklahoma…

Steve Williams (5-9, 165) visited California officially last month. But he was not sure Berkeley was the right place for him until after his official visit to Oklahoma.

"After I came from Oklahoma I kind of knew where I was going to go," said Williams.

"I just wanted to wait to give myself time and tell my mom what I was going to do. I just finally called [Linebacker] Coach [Kenwick] Thompson and told him. I called [Oklahoma] today and told them that I committed to California."

"I called Coach [Jeff] Tedford, but he didn't answer the phone. But he told Coach Thompson he was excited and that he would call me later."

Williams committed to Oklahoma in the spring. However, when Cal offered him during the summer, it was intriguing. He says he liked Cal, but the prospect of going west to play his college ball had not crossed his mind. Nonetheless, when the offer came, he knew he had to take a visit to Berkeley.

"I was kind of like wow," Williams said his Cal offer. "I have always liked California, since my freshman year. [I told myself], I got to go out there to see what it is like."

He made that trip last month when the Bears beat Arizona State on October 4. He says he really did not know what to expect. All things considered, everything he knew about California was what he had seen on TV.

"I was like star struck," said Williams. "I was just going out there for it because I had never been. It was a new environment for me but I liked it. But it was overwhelming to me the way it looked. I didn't think it looked like that."

The scenery coupled with one of the best public universities in the nation made it easier for Williams to choose being a Bear. But he says his decision was not just based on academics alone.

"I liked the football [program] too," said Williams. "[Cal] football is just as tight as anywhere. They get just as hype as anybody. It was just fun. I had fun down there."

"And they have a great academic program as far as what I want to major in is business. It's a top 10 business program and OU wasn't. I'm looking for what if I don't make in football. I liked the way looked, it is just a beautiful place. I just might want to live down there and not come back to Texas, start my career in California."

Dallas to Berkeley is much further for his family to watch him play compared to Norman, Oklahoma. Williams says the distance is not a factor. He understands it will be an adjustment, but he is not worried.

"I'm willing to take that risk," said Williams. "It will be fun, it don't matter. I'm still going to have fun. I might get homesick a couple times but I know what I got myself into as far as going to California."

Cal's secondary is loaded. Only senior Bernard Hicks departs. The Bears return what arguably may be the best cornerback tandem in the West next season in Syd'Quan Thompson and Darian Hagan. Williams is not concerned with depth or playing time initially.

"I know I can get on the field. I just have to learn the system," said Williams. "They got Syd'Quan who is a junior. But by the time I get up there, he will be a senior. Darian Hagan will be junior and they got Chris Conte. They got playmakers. And they play a lot. As far as going out there and playing [early], I'm not worried about that."

Williams reports a 3.2 GPA, and he scored a 1300 on his SAT.


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