Williams Sets Visits

The 13th-ranked linebacker prospect in the country, Thomas Williams from Vacaville, Calif., has set four official visits...

Thomas Williams, 6-2, 227, 4.55, Vacaville (Calif.) High, says he will start taking his official visits after the conclusion of his senior season. "I've set up four trips. On December 6, I'm going to Notre Dame. On December 20, I go to Nebraska. January 10, I go to USC, and on January 17, I go to UCLA," he said. "If Miami offers me a visit I'm going to take that one."

At this point in recruiting Williams says that it's really a draw between the schools with trips scheduled. "I don't have a favorite," he said. "It's even across the board when it comes to the recruiting efforts of all the schools I've set trips with. Those probably are the guys who are recruiting me the hardest. I'm getting lots of phone calls. I've spoken to coach Carroll at USC, Bob Toledo at UCLA, Coach Solich at Nebraska and Coach Robinson at UNLV and others."

Williams finished his junior season with 85 tackles and eight sacks. In three games as a senior, he is well on his way to passing those marks. "I have three sacks and 43 tackles so far this season. I had a 70-yard touchdown run the first carry of the game against Yuba City in our first game. I start at running back on offense, but all the schools are recruiting me for linebacker or strong safety."

His efforts on the field have certainly paid off for the Bulldogs. "We're doing well. We just beat the sixth-ranked team in our section and we're 2-1." But football isn't the only sport that Williams excels at. He is also an outstanding baseball player and a likely draftee in the 2003 MLB draft. "I kind of want to see if I can get a deal to play minor league ball in the summer while I go to college. Like Matt Ware and Ricky Manning at UCLA. I play left field, and I hit .422 last year."

While he would enjoy having his family watch him play, Williams is open to leaving the west coast. "Staying local or going away doesn't matter, because I'm going there to play football and that's my job. If the athletic program and the education is good I don't have a problem going away. I'm looking at majoring in sports medicine or sports therapy."

Williams had to cut the interview short, as he had just received a call from Arizona assistant coach Marty Long.

Williams is fully qualified.

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