Williams Tries to Make Transition

The defensive end who led the City Section in tackles for loss is Brent Williams from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft. But Williams knows, at 6-2 and 190 pounds, his college future is probably at linebacker. He talked to us about his recruitment and what college programs are telling him...

Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft linebacker Brent Williams was one of the leading pass-rushers in the City Section last fall, but while he's undersized as a defensive end, he's shown he can get into the backfield.

Williams has been working primarily as a linebacker at camps this spring, attempting to show he can make the move.

"I'm still waiting on my first offer, but I think the colleges don't know the story behind my weight," said Williams. "My freshman and sophomore years, I didn't really work out but now that I'm a junior, I worked out this off-season. It's the first real off-season I've put on weight."

Williams had a strong performance at USC's Camp last week.

"At SC after that camp, I actually got to work out with Coach (Ken) Norton and I was talking to the coaches, and they said just keep eating more and gaining more weight," said Williams.

Then on Monday, he worked at UCLA's camp.

"It was all linebacker," said Williams. "I didn't even play defensive end. It was my first time doing some 1-on-1s. Coach (Chuck) Bullough stayed on me and I had fun. It was a great learning experience. They said they'd check my transcripts and keep watching my film. They didn't give me any timetable, just wanted to watch a full game film."

Williams knows linebacker is where his future is. "I definitely think I can play linebacker well," said Williams. "I'm fast enough and hit hard enough. I hit harder with a full set of steam, with regular-sized players. And I know I'm quick enough because I chase around D.J. Morgan every day."

Williams said that aside from USC and UCLA, he's getting attention from Nevada and San Diego State.

Later this week, though, he'll head out to Big Ten country.

"I'm going to the Penn State camp this week," said Williams. "My coach said they really like my film, and they want more knockouts and big hits. They want more days for them to get an evaluation, but they like me. I'm going out to Virginia Tech, too, next month, and there's a high chance I'll get an offer. And to be honest, going out of state would be fun."

Williams said he's at 190 pounds, standing 6-2, but he's doing his best to add more weight.

"I need to prove I can get the weight. I want to blow up to 215 and be prepared for the college life," said Williams. "I know I'll take that redshirt year and be ready for college. I want to be full-size before I hit the field."

Academically, Williams is in fine shape, with a 3.0 GPA and a 1200 on the SAT.

As a junior at Taft, Williams had 17 sacks, 59 tackles and 29 tackles for loss. The 17 sacks tied the Taft school record for a season, and he set the L.A. City Section record for most TFLs, 29, for -211 yards.

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