Former Miami star makes surprise visit

Willie Williams, the former #1 linebacker prospect in the nation, made a surprise visit to Louisville this weekend. Can the Cardinals land the four-star West Los Angeles C.C. star?

Former Miami linebacker Willie Williams made a surprise official visit to Louisville this weekend. Could Williams replace departed linebackers Nate Harris and Abe Brown next season?

An extremely talented prospect blessed with uncanny size and speed, the 6-3, 235-pound has a checkered past that has been well documented by the national media. Williams left Miami after his freshman year, and played just four games at West Los Angeles C.C. this season.

The four-star linebacker appears to have put his trouble behind him and now is in the process of making a college decision. On his visit to Louisville, Williams roomed with another four-star junior college linebacker, 6-4, 235-pound Brian Ellis.

"Willie is a phenomenal football player," West Los Angeles coach Craig Austin told earlier this month. "It's too bad that the junior college football world didn't get to see very much of him this year. He only played in four games for us, but in that time you could really see how athletic and impressive he really is."

Austin believes Williams will eventually play on Sunday's.

"He's definitely going to be a first or second-round selection to play in the NFL, that's how good he is," Austin said. "He's an edge guy. He's a guy that will fly around and make plays, but he's at his best when he's rushing the passer and coming off the edge. In the four games he played I counted at least nine sacks. There may have been more."

As far as recruiting is concerned, Austin held off on naming what offers Williams has received because of the special circumstances with his recruitment.

"Because of his past and his history, the schools that are recruiting him have to get clearance from a number of areas before he can commit," Austin said. "He's a really good kid and he's turned himself around. We'll be announcing where he's headed later this month. A local T.V. station here is going to cover it and there will be a press conference to let everyone know."

Williams was rated the number one linebacker in the country for the 2005 recruiting class and played as a true freshman at the University of Miami, but left over differences with playing time with the coaching staff.

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