BEAVERTON, Ore — Dexter Williams is committed to Miami, but there is another big city that has his eye.
Williams said Tuesday that he is 80-percent committed to the Canes, and
while USC has only been discussed as a school on the cusp of his
recruitment, that other 20-percent may land the Trojans an official
“Once I get to there, and I feel more comfortable, that will tell me more about California,” said Williams. “I just need to get out
there and get a feel for the school.
“I know I’m taking an official visit to USC and Michigan as well. I
might also officially visit Notre Dame too if I can’t get out there this summer on
In addition to Miami, Williams is developing a list of schools he wants
to maintain contact with during his senior season.
“I have those three schools in USC, Michigan and Notre Dame, plus
Florida and Ohio State,” said Williams.
Williams, after injuring his ankle in a May inter-squad scrimmage, was
not expected to participate at The Opening. Wednesday, the 6-foot,
190-pound four-star tailback not only participated, but scored a
touchdown on a deep ball right down the middle of the field for team
Even on a bum ankle, it’s that type of explosiveness and competitiveness the Trojans
coaching staff covets.
“Actually, as soon as I got here (at The Opening) they had sent me a letter saying that
they really want me to come out and see them,” said Williams. “The
coaches there actually saw me play as a freshman and they’ve always
kept their eye on me ever since.”
Although USC hasn’t landed any players from West Orange High School or
Winter Garden (Fla.), Williams knows his Florida Trojans.
“Man, it’s a blessing,” said Williams. “The University of Southern
California is so far away, and to know that they are watching me from the
other side of the country... It's such a good feeling.
“It’s also great to know that they have some Florida players on their
roster. They have Leonard Williams and Quinton Powell from Mainland. I
would have a chance to play with a couple of those guys.
“It’s all about those Florida boys -- always. Plus, USC is known as a running
back university with a lot of tradition.”
However, outside of football, Williams knows nothing about Southern
California. Well, nothing outside what may be written on a tourism
“I’ve never been out there,” said Williams. “I just know the weather is
hot and it’s beautiful.”
USC assistant coach Tee Martin is recruiting the state of Florida for the Trojans,
but Williams stays in contact with much of the staff via social media.
I’ve talked to almost every single coach,” said Williams. “I talk to
the coaches almost everyday on messaging. I like USC a lot.
“I’m going to watch them this season and a few other teams. I’ll see
how things go and then try close things down midway through the season in order
to make a decision on where I want to go.”
Williams has three official visits in mind
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