Position Move Could Be Key

Fresno (Calif.) Central two-way lineman Shariff Williams thinks focusing on defense could be best...

For all of the attention given to the secondary at Fresno (Calif.) Central, it's easy for the guys in the trenches to get lost in the shuffle.

Two-way lineman Shariff Williams, who plays both offensive guard and defensive tackle for the Grizzlies, is one of the top prospects on Central this year, a team loaded, again, with elite talent.

But Williams is still waiting for his first offer, while other teammates have gotten offered.

And Williams thinks he knows why.

"I've got a lot of schools coming after me, but my height has been a concern as an offensive lineman," said Williams. "I'm 6-3, 285, and that's kind of short for offensive line. But for the defensive line, I'm big enough."

Williams said his heart was on the offensive line and where he wanted to play. He's taller than his close friend and teammate Tashon Smallwood, a four-star defensive tackle who's committed to USC.

So now Williams is open to playing on the defensive line in college.

"I'm trying to figure out what I'll play," said Williams. "I'm good with both positions. I always loved offensive line, but now it looks like defensive line could be my future. Tashon is going to USC and he keeps telling me to play on the defensive line and coaches would love my size."

Schools are still intrigued by Williams and while he doesn't have any offers, a number of schools are keeping a close watch.

"I'm hearing from Oregon State, Cal, Houston, UCLA, Oklahoma, USC, San Jose State and Arizona," said Williams.

With numerous teammates signing with schools, or committed to some, they're all making a pitch to Williams.

"They're all making a little pitch, but I need to have an offer before I can really listen to them," said Williams. "Everyone wants us to keep staying together as a family. Tashon is going to USC so he's telling them to recruit me. Johnny (Johnson) is going to UCLA and Hatari (Byrd) and L.J. (Moore) are going to Oklahoma so they're all making their pitch."

Williams said he played the season at around 300, but dropped to 285 because of wrestling.

"I want to put some good weight back on and get back up there around 295," said Williams.

Academically, Williams has a 3.0 and said he'll take the SAT this spring.

He plans to camp at the Oakland NFTC in May.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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