Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt four-star athlete Chase Williams is working on becoming indispensable.
Williams made his name as a D-I recruit playing wide receiver. As a junior, he had 42 receptions for 1,000-yards and 19 touchdowns. Playing defense, he had 37 tackles and one interception.
However, this offseason, Williams has played mostly cornerback for Premium Sports on the 7-on-7 circuit. He also played cornerback at The Opening in Los Angeles last month.
Williams focus on playing defensive back may ultimately alter his path on the recruiting trail as well.
“USC is actually recruiting me as an athlete now,” said Williams. “The last time I was down there to visit, they said they were recruiting me to play both wide receiver and defensive back.
“If I do end up going to USC, even Coach Tee told me I would be playing both. He said he would communicate with the defensive backs coach to make sure that I shared time at both positions.”
Williams has taken several unofficial visits to USC, but his last trip was more intimate.
“I liked it a lot,” said Williams. “I’ve seen campus a few times now, but my last trip I talked with Tee Martin a bit and sat down with Clay Helton.
“We sat in the receivers room and just watched film of how they run routes and how they critique each player. I liked that a lot.
“This trip I got to see the football vibe at USC too. In the past, I saw the campus and the facilities, but now I’ve been able to see the specifics in the position rooms. I got to see how the coaches at USC coach, and more importantly, I have a better feel for what I would be doing there if I went there.”
While Williams is known for having great hands, polished routes and a high football acumen, he is more of an unknown as a defensive back.
“I’m a bigger defensive back, and I’m versatile,” said Williams. “I can play corner or safety — wherever the team needs me.
“I mostly play corner, but I’ve played safety one too. I’m a man up, press coverage type of defensive back. I like playing physical and using my size to man up wide receivers at the line.”
Williams was offered a scholarship by USC last year, and being one of his first scholarship offers, the Trojans remain a contender for his letter of intent.
“I consider USC a hometown school, and it’s a place where I know people, so I feel like I can be comfortable there,” said Williams. “It’s always been a good football program, and the guys that play both of my positions at USC seems to always get out to the NFL.
“My interest is high in them because I know they’re going to develop me to get bigger, faster, stronger.”
Williams will narrow his list of favorites publicly next month. That will pave the way for a commitment sometime in August.
“I’m still thinking