Williams trims list to 16

Garden (Calif.) Serra linebacker Dwight Williams trimmed his sizeable list of colleges to a still pretty sizeable list of 16 schools on Monday. Here's a look at what programs made the cut.

Dwight Williams is currently the top rated linebacker in the West region and the No. 126th rated player nationally in the Scout 300.

With offers rolling in from all over the nation (42 total), Williams decided to cut his list down to a workable 16.

"My final schools are Arizona State, California, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC and Washington.

"Two schools I know I'll visit officially are Michigan and Florida. I don't have a date yet but those two are locked in. The other ones I still have to sit down and talk with my parents because they're going on all of the visits with me.

"Clemson and Miami are two that I like a lot and I've heard great things about both so it would be fun to visit there as well. I know I'll take all five but like I said, I haven't locked in anything yet in terms of firm dates. I'm not even sure if I'll do them during the season or after but I think my Michigan visit will be during the season."

Of the 16 schools on his list, all but Oregon and USC have offered a scholarship.

"They're both recruiting me hard though," Williams said. "I talk with Coach Orgeron at USC and Coach Pellum at Oregon and they both said they'll be at my school when we start spring ball. I'm not worried about it, I like both a lot and hopefully they offer but if not, I have some other great options to choose from.

"Right now, all the schools are recruiting me equally hard, I can't even pick out a handful who are showing more love than the others. Even USC, who hasn't offered yet, sends me mail like crazy and wants me to call all the time.

"The biggest factors for me will be the education in my major, the opportunity to play early and just how comfortable I am with the environment there. I plan on making my decision at the Army All-American game so that should be a good time."

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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