Williams Brings Passion & Fire To Duke

Duke is getting a talented and fired-up prospect in Orange (Calif.) Lutheran OLB Deion Williams...

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran linebacker Deion Williams can play generally all over the field for the Lancers.

It's that versatility that drew Duke to Williams, and Williams to Duke. The Blue Devils offered Williams early and he jumped on the offer and he's excited about his future in Durham.

"Education is really big for me and Duke is one of the top 2-3 schools in the nation, maybe in the world, and I want that education," said Williams.

On the field, Williams is looking forward to making contributions to the Blue Devils defense.

"They're recruiting me as an outside linebacker and their defense is similar to ours so I'll play the same role," said Williams, who lines up with his hand down as a rush end for the Lancers. "They want to use me to get into coverage and to get after the quarterback."

Williams said that his head coach, Jim Kunau, told him of the importance of Duke.

"Coach Kunau really helped me out in that process," said Williams. "I really feel that Duke is going to prepare me for my future."

Williams' OLu teammate, Christo Kourtzidis, is also headed to the ACC, having committed to Florida State.

"I don't think we'll be playing them the first year, but the years after we will," said Williams. "I'll try to lay him out and my coaches won't yell at me."

Williams and his Lancer squad were picked fifth in the Trinity League, generally regarded as the toughest league in California. Playing with an edge in their opener, they routed the top-ranked team in Utah, South Jordan Bingham.

"I expected to win," said Williams. "We have worked very hard over the summer and I don't believe anything is going to stop us from achieving our goals. If we come together every game like that, than it is possible we won't lose. I love each and everyone of my teammates. I'm extremely proud of the way we came together. I think it really boosts our self-esteem. Now we know every team that comes after us better be prepared."

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