Williams Gets Offers

The big linebacker prospect from Vacaville, Thomas Williams, is getting some strong looks this spring. He talks about some factors in his recruitment...

Thomas Williams, 6-3, 225, Vacaville (Calif.) High, has quietly emerged as a top linebacker target on the west coast. Projected as a strongside linebacker, Williams has good strength and mobility, registering 88 tackles and 8 sacks last year as a junior.

While he said his favorite colleges growing up were "Nebraska, Michigan, all of those schools in the midwest," he claims he doesn't have a clear favorite now as colleges have started to recruit him.

"I don't really have a list," Williams said. "I kind of figured that if I did I'd be singling some out. And I really don't know enough about any to single any out. Every school has an opportunity, and I have to think about what's the best opportunity for me – what I want to study in college, and what's the best football program."

Williams did say, though, that UCLA, USC, Oregon State and Fresno State had offered him scholarships. He said that the entire Pac-10, Nebraska, LSU, Michigan and San Diego State, among others, have shown him some solid interest. "Just about all of those schools and more stopped by my school this spring," he said.

When asked what will be a big factor in his decision, Williams said early playing time. "I want to be able to come in and have an equal opportunity. I'm not looking to redshirt. If I don't start as a freshman, I want to play a lot." So, Williams said he'll be looking at the depth charts at linebacker for his prospective schools. "If they're stacked at linebacker, that will be a negative. If they were my top school, and I found out they had a lot of linebackers, they wouldn't be my #1 school anymore."

Williams recently had plans to attend the Palo Alto Nike Camp, but missed it because of a high school baseball game. He did go to USC's one-day camp in April, which he said made a good impression. He has plans to attend UCLA's one-day camp June 8th.

Williams said his GPA is in the 3.3-3.5 range. He said he scored an 830 on the SAT, which is a passing score, but he wasn't satisfied with it and will take it again in June 1st.


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