Williams' Recruitment Picks Up

Fresno (Calif.) Central two-way lineman Shariff Williams is starting to get noticed on a deeply talented high school team as a legit high Division I level prospect. On Tuesday, Williams landed his first scholarship offer...

Shariff Williams is a tough, physical lineman who could play defensive tackle or guard on the offensive side of the ball. At about 6-2, 300 pounds, Williams is very strong and plays with a mean streak. He does a nice job taking on blockers and getting in the backfield at tackle but might be best suited to play guard at the next level.

"I really don't have a preference between the two to be honest," Williams said. "I just want to play, whatever gets me on the field the fastest is what I want to do. I've played both positions since 7th grade and I'm comfortable at either spot so it's whatever the colleges want me to do is what I'll do."

Williams has definite BCS level talent and finally landed his first offer on Tuesday.

"Arizona offered me and I was very excited about it," Williams said. "Nick Wilson, our running back whose committed to UA, told me the coaches liked me and wanted to offer. I called them up and they told me I had an offer. I was so excited, I don't even remember what coach I talked with but it's a great first offer for sure.

"Me and Nick and are going to go to the spring game together and I'm excited to see the place up close. They didn't specify what side of the ball they want me on, they said they would leave it up to me but like I said, I just want to play wherever I can get on the field the fastest. I've been blocking for Nick since 7th grade and it would be great to play with him in college but we'll see what happens."

Unlike Wilson, Williams said he plans to go through the process and doesn't want to make an early decision.

"Me and Nick are different that way," Williams said. "I want to be sure I'm doing the right thing and don't want to rush in to anything. Arizona is high on my list but I'm also hearing a lot from California. I went to their Junior Day and they said they want me to camp with them and will likely offer there.

"I think I'll also camp with UCLA and Washington too. San Jose State is another school that is recruiting me and I went to their Junior Day too. One of my coaches thought they offered but I'm not 100% sure. They talked about it but I need to call them up and see for sure. Right now, I want to wait it out, take my official visits and then commit somewhere."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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