RECRUITING: Speedy LB has OU among top three

Bolingbrook, Ill. linebacker Kyle Williams talks about his game and his interest in Oklahoma

KYLE WILLIAMS, LB, 6'2, 215, 4.45, BOLINGBROOK, ILLINOIS:

Williams could be classified as a freak after running three forty-yard dashes for his personal trainer under 4.5 seconds while weighing 215 pounds, with the fastest 4.42. Williams goes into his third year as a starter and he lettered as a true freshman. Last year Williams finished with over 100 tackles, seven sacks, seven interceptions, three forced fumbles, 10 tackles for losses and that was on defense. On offense Williams lined up at running back in the double-wing formation and scored five touchdowns and finished with 250 yards rushing. Williams is also his teams' kick return man, which further demonstrates his awesome athletic ability.

"Linebacker is my true love," said Williams. "Playing linebacker is very fulfilling for me because I have always had that passion for hitting. I use my speed to keep outside containment, which is an outside linebackers main job. I use my speed to chase down running backs and wide receivers. My coach likes to put me out on receivers. If we are playing passing teams I line up as a corner sometimes and a line up a lot in the slot."

Williams can bench 350 pounds, squats 450 and he is a 35-inch vertical jump. He hopes to go to the NIKE camp in Los Angeles, California. Williams has received three offers from Purdue, Iowa and Illinois and he expects UCLA to offer very soon.

"If I had to go to school today I would be a Hawkeye because I like Iowa and they have shown me the most interest," said Williams. "I also like UCLA, Michigan, Oregon, Southern California, Georgia, Maryland and Oklahoma."

"Oklahoma is really in my top three, because I like how they play defense down there," Williams continued. "I follow the Sooners because they are one of the top teams in the country. I have never been to Norman and I don't know anybody there, but I would like to visit Oklahoma to see there great program."

Williams also wrestles and earned all-state honors at 215 pounds finishing sixth. Williams lost to the eventual state champ in overtime and then injured himself in the consolation bracket.

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