Big-Time LB Kyle Williams

He was already thought to be pretty good, but then <b>Kyle Williams</b> of Bolingbrook (Ill.) blew up at the Ann Arbor Nike Camp and is now considered one of the best linebacker prospects in the country. And he has a liking for UCLA...

A strong showing at the Nike Camp in Ann Arbor has quickly turned Kyle Williams, 6-2, 217, Bolingbrook (Ill.) High, into one of the nations top prospects. After running a 4.57 forty, jumping 36 ½ in the vertical, repping 20 times and timing a 4.33 shuttle, Williams stood out among the best at the camp.

"It was a real good experience for me going there," Williams said. " I wanted to make the most of it while I was there, and I was real happy with how I did. Chris Pool (from TheInsiders) told me I should go and make a name for myself, and I think I did that. I think I proved myself to them."

Williams currently has offers from 14 schools, led by Miami, UCLA, Iowa, USC, Oregon, Illinois, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Oklahoma, Penn State and Tennessee. "Right now I don't have a top favorite, but my top 5 are Iowa, UCLA, Oklahoma, Oregon and USC, and I have offers from all of them," said Williams.

While Williams said Iowa was recruiting him the hardest, he talked about UCLA at length. "I talk to Coach (Brian) Schneider, and he is a really good guy and I really like him. We have had some great conversations. I talked to him on Monday and had a great talk. And with Coach Dorrell, he is another guy I really like. He is easy to talk to."

Being one of Illinois' top players, Williams is getting attention from the Illini staff, but right now is leaning to leaving the state. "Whether that is to go out to Florida or to California, my family is behind me."

Williams has no plans to attend any camps this summer, just to work out at his school and participate in a school camp, but most importantly, get ready fro his senior year, and the potential to win a State Championship. "We made it to the State Semifinals when I was a sophomore, and then got booted out in the first round last year. This year, I want to go out on top."

He said he has a 2.6 GPA, and has taken the ACT, but wants to take it again.

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