Paul Williams, 6-2, 185, Avenal (Calif.) High, came to UCLA's one-day camp in July and the UCLA coaches noticed him.
He tested very well, not only running well but jumping 32 inches in the vertical. While he looked a bit awkward and raw in the pass-catching drills, he definitely showed great athleticism and quickness for someone his size.
Because of that athleticism, Williams said that he could be playing some tailback this year, as well as some safety.
Williams, who said he runs in the 4.4 range in the 40, also has a football legacy, being the little brother of former Washington safety Curtis Williams and Fresno State and NFL player J.D. Williams.
Williams said that he's hearing from the entire Pac-10 and many others, and that his favorites are UCLA, Washington, Fresno State, Oregon State, and Oregon. "I'd say my favorite right now is UCLA," Williams said. "They've been my favorite college since I was little. When my brother one time brought home a basketball it said UCLA on it, and he gave it to me, and for some reason, since then I was always a UCLA fan."
UCLA, Fresno State and Washington have offered, according to Williams.
With the town of Avenal being close to Fresno, Williams said that Fresno State has the advantage of location. His brother, Curtis, suffered an injury last year while playing for Washington which left him paralyzed, so Paul thinks about staying close to home to be with Curtis. "If I go to Fresno State, I'll be close to home, and can help out with my brother," Williams said. "Either way, I definitely don't want to go far."
Currently Williams carries a 3.0 GPA and will take the SAT this fall. He said that he'd like to take as many trips as possible but if he achieved a qualifying test score he could commit very early. "I'm taking the test in October, so if I pass I wouldn't mind commiting pretty quickly."