Close Up on Williams

Camren Wiliams became the second commitment for the Lions class of 2012 last Friday. He talks to Fight On State about his decision, what made him pull the trigger so early and his future in Blue and White.

The entire week before his visit to Happy Valley, Catholic Memorial HS LB Camren Williams had been thinking about the way he wanted to break the news of his commitment.

"It was right after the Friday practice, kind of late at night," Williams said. "Coach (Bill) Kavanaugh, Coach (Ron) Vanderlinden and Coach (Bill) Kenney were standing in a circle, talking about where my family should go out to eat. My dad said since all three of you are here I think Camren has something to say to you and I committed."

He added, "They looked shocked."

Williams is excited to officially join the Nittany Nation.

"Coach Vanderlinden is a great coach, once of the best coaches in college football," Williams said. "He is a really positive coach, and you don't find that in defense coaches a lot, especially at the linebacker position. He's just a really nice person."

That positivity was what sold Williams on PSU; and of course the tradition of great Linebackers.

"Coach Vanderlinden told me the attention I will get because I am a Penn State linebacker will be greater than at any other Division 1 school," Williams said. "That's a huge luxury and the icing on the cake."

Add on the number one ranked kinesiology school in the country, and Williams said the decision was easy.

"Why I chose Penn State was because of the great kinesiology school," Williams said. "It's a place that they laid out the depth chart with me, and I have a chance of playing early."

He continued, "I really believe that Penn State will be a national championship team by the time I get there. I am excited to play early and play in front of so many great fans."

Williams chose the Lions over 11 other offers, including one from North Carolina, where his older brother Brennan Williams plays OT.

"My brother had an idea that I probably wasn't going to go to UNC," Williams said. "He knew it was a great fit for him, but it wasn't as great of a fit for me as Penn State was."

And to the thanks that Williams has received from Penn State fans?

"I would tell the fans thanks for all the support," Williams said. "I am looking forward for them to continue to support me, and I'm going to try my best on and off the field to try and be one of the next great Penn State linebackers."


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