Williams shows why he's an elite prospect

In his final high school game, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne quarterback Troy Williams showed why he's not just the top signal caller in the state but one of the very best in the entire country.

Troy Williams was recently named L.A City player of the year honors and showed why Saturday night. Playing against a very good Corona (Calif.) Centennial squad, Williams rallied the Gauchos from double digit leads three different times in the game.

Narbonne actually took the lead for the first time with just over a minute left in the game but the defense couldn't hold and Centennial scored the go ahead touchdown in the last few seconds. It was Narbonne's first loss all season ending what some called the best year ever by a L.A city team.

"I'm still pretty numb right now," Williams said Sunday afternoon. "I don't know if it really has hit me yet that our season is over. We had such a great year, playing in 15 games and accomplished so much but all I can think about is we were one game away from playing for a state title.

"I know I need to get over it but it's hard. We were so close, I thought we had it. We got down big and at halftime, my coaches came to me and said they were putting the ball in my hand and I had to do it for us. I tried my best and our whole team competed hard but it just wasn't enough."

Williams finished the game with 367 yards passing and four touchdowns and rushed for 105 yards and one more score. It wasn't just the yards that impressed, it was the way he went about it that showed his true talent. His poise in the pocket was incredible and he never looked rattled.

Williams repeatedly avoided sacks against one of the state's toughest defenses, and either made plays scrambling for yardage or bought time outside the pocket and made throws down the field for big yards. Few quarterbacks throw as tight a ball as Williams and he threw on time with plenty of velocity, despite playing with a partially separated shoulder in his AC joint.

On the recruiting front, there was a lot of buzz during the game regarding UCLA sending three coaches to watch Williams in action. The quarterback said he definitely noticed but his commitment to Washington is as strong as ever.

"They actually called me ahead of time and wished me luck and said they would be there watching," Williams said. "UCLA is a good school but I'm solid to Washington, I have no desire to look around right now, especially this late in the process. I graduate next week and I start taking classes January 7. I'll take my official visit to Washington this weekend (Dec. 14) and looking forward to that.

"I'm actually trying to get up there a week early to get acclimated to everything and my mom is looking in to that for me right now. I'm very excited to be going to Washington, we have a great class coming in and I love the coaches there. I have a great relationship with everyone and always have a good family feel every time I visit. It's going to be fun for me and I'm going in with the mindset of being ready to compete and we'll see how it goes."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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