Mobile (Ala.) three-star wide receiver Marlon Williams has had to endure more than the average USC commit in 2016.
With the Trojans getting crushed by Alabama 52-6 to open the season, Williams sat in the middle of SEC country bombarded by negative comments directed toward his favorite team. and while USC is far from a media darling in the national rankings, the Trojans have transformed their season to see extent.
Williams as in Los Angeles last weekend to see USC win its fifth straight game.
“I just wanted to see the team play in person,” said Williams. “I got to hang out with Velus Jones and talk to him.
“I also hung out with Brett Neilon and Alijah Vera-Tucker too. We talked about the team, the offense. Sam Darnold is pretty good.”
And while all wide receivers focus in on a quarterback’s ability to get them the football, Williams remains excited about his commitment for other reasons.
“I’m looking forward to playing with Velus Jones, Josh Imatorbhebhe, Daniel Imatorbhebhe and some of the other commits in this class.”
USC currently has a class of 15 commitments. The Trojans are rated No. 18 nationally as recruiting begins to pick up for the class of 2017.
Coming away from his second unofficial visit of the year to USC after attending the Rising StarsCamp in June, Williams considers himself a done deal for the Trojans.
“I am a solid commit,” said Williams. “I consider USC as my dream school. I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.”
Of course, that doesn't mean he has completely shutdown the recruiting process either.
"I'll probably still take some visits," said Williams. "I'll go to Arizona State for sure. their offensive coordinator offered me a scholarship when he was at Southern Miss, so we have a really good relationship. I don't know much about the ASU because I've never been out there, so I'm looking forward to seeing the school."
This season, Williams has had a handful of both rushing and receiving touchdowns in leading McGill-Toolen High School to a 6-0 record at the highest level of competition in Alabama.