Kevin Williams Excited About Future with USF

When it was announced that 3-star CB Kevin Williams of Los Medanos CC was part of the '09 class it surprised some, but it shouldn't have. He was one of the top JUCO corners and punt/kick returners in the country. The former Gibbs stand-out and one time Bulls commit talks with USFNation about why he's returning home and playing for the Bulls. Only on USFnation.com

During USF Head Coach Jim Leavitt post signing day news conference he announced that Los Medanos cornerback Kevin Williams had signed with the Bulls.

"Yes sir, I'm going to be a Bull," said Williams. "You know I've always had love for USF, and wanted to go there."

To many the signing of Williams seemed to come out of the blue, but USFNation members and fans in the Tampa Bay area were very familiar with Williams, the former Gibbs stand-out and one time USF commit that went the JUCO route.

"I've always liked USF, mainly because they were the first school to really talk to me when I was a sophomore in high school. They told me you're only a sophomore but we're going to get you, and they kept their word."

While at Gibbs High School, Williams (5-10, 175) played multiple positions and had a standout career. He was set to join USF in the spring of 2007, but didn't qualify and was placed at the City College of San Francisco, and then switched to Los Medanos after one semester.

Williams had a big season for Los Mendanos, showing the quickness and speed (4.39) to be a top corner prospect as well a return man. Williams finished the 2008 season with 2 interceptions returned for scores, 14 tackles, 2 for a loss, 1 sack, and 7 pass break-ups on defense. On offense he had 11 catches for 194 yards and a TD, and 9 rushes for 64 yards and 2 scores. On special teams he had 30 returns for 817 yards, one score and a 27.1 avg. He also had 3 punt returns for 27 yards as well.

This is on top of a freshmen season where he posted close to 40 tackles, 28 pass break-ups, 4 interceptions, two sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. On special teams Williams averaged 40.3 yards on 34 kick returns, with 2 touchdowns, and also scored twice on punt returns. Not bad considering he was projected as a receiver in college.

After a stellar two seasons like the ones Williams had, many schools jumped in on the electric playmaker this go around, with offers from the likes of Memphis, Utah State, West Virginia, Hawaii, Arizona, USF, Oregon State, and Arizona State, to name a few. Kevin gave an early soft verbal to Memphis, flirted with going to Hawaii, and was reported to be going to Idaho, before signing with the Bulls last Wednesday.

"I always wanted to go to South Florida and was just checking out things to see what was best for me."

When USFN last spoke to Williams he said he kind of fell out a little with USF because they said if he came out in May, then they would want him to redshirt.

"At first I didn't want to hear about redshirting, but I talked it over with my family, and with Jerrell Young, who's been through it, and he told me that redshirting is a good thing, because division 1 is not like junior college. You need the time to get bigger, faster and get ready for next year."

Now that the recruiting season is over Williams is excited to finally be a Bull, and has his reasons why.

"The reasons why I like USF is coach Leavitt, it's close to home, I got my homeboys on the team, and they're an up an coming program."

"I've been out west for so long that I didn't ever think I'd get back. Now my friends and family can wach me live and on TV."

Williams is listed as an athlete, but says he will come in as a cornerback and a punt/kick returner.

"I love being a return man, because all through Pop Warner and high school I was so used to having the ball in my hands, and when I'm at corner sometimes the game gets boring when they don't throw on you. But when they kick or punt the ball to me, then I can make things happen and show my skills."

The chance to be reunited with former teammate Jerrell Young and local standout Theo Wilson is an opportunity Williams is looking forward too.

"Oh man it's going to be something. Me and Theo have never played on the same team and always played against each other ever since Pop Warner ball. I've played with Jerrell, so I know that's a good combination. The three of us on the same team is going to be something."

Kevin has known Jerrell since they were kids, and are like brothers, and even got Jerrel's named tattooed on his arm.

"I got it because he's my brother and I love him. We have a little clique and we call ourselves brother and I got the six of them on my arm.

It's been well documented that the Bulls football team is like a family, and that was another big draw to the program.

"I know Jerome Murphy, Quenton Washington, Matt Grothe, JT (Jamar Taylor), and Mike Ford who we played against in the playoffs in high school. There a great bunch of guys and I'm glad to be part of it."

The versatile athlete has 18 hours to complete and will have three years to play two and plans to join a team this summer, and is excited for the future.

"They got a pretty good recruiting class they're bringing in, and with the schedule they got it's going to be something else. We're going to make things happen and it's going to be a lot of fun."

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