Things picking up for Williams

While a few different SEC programs have been showing interest, it is a Pac-12 favorite that has Dallas Bishop Dunne's Deyleon Williams excited- and optimistic.

"UCLA Coach [Adrian] Klemm came to my school and watched my highlight tape last week," said Williams. "He was impressed and is coming back this week… He said I was physical and I'm not afraid to stick my nose in the pile… He's going to show my film to the other coaches. I'm hoping they like it."

Through seven games, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound safety has tallied 42 tackles, 8 PBUs, an interception, and, at receiver, 3 catches for 31 yards.

As he has noted several times, "I've been wanting to go to UCLA since the seventh grade. I've already told my family that's where I want to live," he laughed. "I love California. Not to mention, [UCLA] is great academically."

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"[Maurice] Jones-Drew. I loved watching him. His quickness, patience, and vision.. it's what made him elite."

Williams has visited California and the campus of UCLA a few times.

"Not for a game or anything, but I've walked around it. It's beautiful," he noted. "At the same time, though, I think Arkansas is beautiful, too."

Arkansas is another program showing the Dallas product plenty of love- and has been for a while. Williams has remained in close, frequent communication with secondary coach Bobby Allen over the last two months.

"I talked to Coach Allen on Tuesday. He said they're still very interested in me. I told him I'm trying to make my way up there for the LSU game (Nov. 23)."

Williams was one of a handful of recruits invited to Fayetteville for the Alabama game last month, a game that ended in a 52-0 shutout of the Razorbacks. Still, Williams walked away impressed with the campus and the gameday atmosphere.

"I went with Coach Judge and Jovan [Pruitt]. We got there early enough to talk to all the coaches. They prepared a whole meal for us before the game, then we got to go on the field for pregame. We were standing behind NFL scouts, I was thinking, 'Holy cow, there's the Texans, there's the Steelers.' It was crazy."

"[Coach Allen and I] talked a couple days after that. I told him I had a great time at the game- just the atmosphere, the people were real friendly, lots of tradition. I told him I want to be a part of it."

The two have built a close trust and bond in little time.

"He's always checking in on me, seeing how everything's going- and not just with football, but with school, my family, just everything," said Williams. "That means a lot to me."

Ole Miss and Texas A&M are two other programs in the picture.

"Ole Miss stopped by the school last week, and A&M came to our game against Prestonwood. The coaches said they had their eyes on me and Nick [Watkins]."

Surprisingly however, with both the quality and quantity of interest he's accumulating, Williams still awaits that first offer.

Which is why: "Until I get that first, I'm staying completely open. But I'm feeling good about it. Just focusing on the things I can control and the rest will fall into place."

As noted, Williams looks to attend LSU @ Arkansas Nov. 23. He also looks to hit a Texas A&M game in College Station with Watkins. Keep it here for more.

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