Williams Commits to Connecticut

Connecticut picked up their first camp commitment today from Delran, N.J., native Jerome Williams, the Huskies third commitment of this class. Williams held two offers coming into the weekend and was being recruited by a handful of other schools, but after a visit to Storrs felt he had found the right place for him.

Jerome Williams plays defensive end and outside linebacker for Holy Cross High School in Delran, N.J., but his 6-foot-1, 240-pound mold will make him a perfect fit at middle linebacker for Connecticut over the next several years after making his commitment today after camp this weekend. Williams also held an offer from Buffalo and was being aggressively recruited by Maryland, Iowa and Syracuse, among others.

"When I went up to Connecticut I really found a place that I liked what I saw and when I got home from camp I called and gave them my commitment," Williams said. "I was up there for a one-day camp this weekend and while I did not tour everything, I was impressed with the parts of the campus I did see. They have brand new facilities, a new stadium and just spent a lot of money on a football complex, so there is a lot to like on campus at Storrs."

While Williams has spent most of his time at defensive end and outside linebacker at the high school level and has been extremely productive, he will best fit playing in the middle of a linebacker core with his great combination of size and speed. With another speedy outside linebacker in Trevardo Williams already in the fold, the Huskies took a step today towards building a formative trio at the position. Williams spoke specifically about the coaching staff involved in his recruiting and how linebackers coach Todd Orlando made the decision that much easier.

"Coach (Todd) Orlando was a big part of why I committed and after working with him for the weekend I can just see us having a great future together at the linebacker position in that defense," Williams explained. "Coach (Matt) Cersosimo has recruited me and was one of the first coaches to offer, so we already have a relationship built and I think he is a really cool guy. I was also able to meet Head Coach (Randy) Edsall while I was there and when I called back to let him know I wanted to be a Husky he told me I just made his day. That was one of the things that I liked so much about Connecticut. While all of the schools that were recruiting me really showed me a lot of love, the staff at Connecticut just really made me feel wanted and that means a lot."

As a junior, Williams played both defensive end and outside linebacker for Holy Cross, notching 110 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 14 sacks. He also broke up eight passes, forced two fumbles and returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Williams earned first-team All-County, All-Conference and All-Area honors.

William's father Jerome played defensive line for Rutgers.

He reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 1030 SAT score.

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