California LB Is No. 4

Deion Williams (6', 215, OLB) is Duke's fourth verbal commitment from 2012.

After several weeks of no action on the trail, the Blue Devils picked up a second commitment in seven days on Wednesday night as California prospect Deion Williams verbally committed.

"I committed to Duke," said Orange County (Calif.) Lutheran standout Deion Williams. "At the end of the day it was the best decision for me. Duke is the right place."

Williams, a 6'0 215 pound outside linebacker, chose Duke over interest from several west coast schools including California and San Jose State. He visited Duke back in March, which put the Blue Devils on a pedestal that would never crumble.

"I kept thinking about Duke and how they could prepare me for my future. Every time I'd look or think about another school I kept coming back to Duke. In the end I figured it made no sense to not call the coaches and get things sealed up."

Going into Durham next summer, Williams says he'll need to continue to add speed and improve his initial burst off the line of scrimmage. He expects to redshirt, but added that he'll "do whatever the coaches think is best".

With Williams in the fold, Duke has has now earned four commitments in the class of 2012. Interestingly enough none of those four pledges have come from in-state prospects after the last couple of Blue Devil classes have been heavily populated by North Carolina prep stars.


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