Here is a reprint of a story from thereporter.com, an on-line version of a local Vacaville newspaper:
Williams commits to USC
By Tim Booth/Sports Writer
They may not have realized it at the time, but the University of Southern California won the sweepstakes for Vacaville High School standout Thomas Williams this past May 1.
That day was the first in which colleges could speak with possible recruits. And while a number of schools said they would call the Bulldogs linebacker on that day, the Trojans were the only one's to make the phone ring.
Then it should come as no surprise that Williams verbally committed to play football at USC late Monday night.
"USC from day one has come after me and showed the most comfort and the most support," Williams said. "It was something that just felt right in my heart to do."
Previously, Williams stated he would not make any decisions until after the high school season was completed and he had taken all five of his official visits. Williams planned to visit USC, UCLA, Nebraska, Notre Dame and possibly Miami as his five official trips.
But, as the year went on, some schools began to waver on their commitment to the senior. Williams said that Notre Dame was holding down the top spot on his top five list, but the Irish were still not firm in offering him a full scholarship.
The Trojans, on the other hand, never wavered.
"Notre Dame was kind of putting me in an iffy situation," Williams said. "I feel like I'll get my best opportunity to play (at USC)."
A number of recruiting websites listed Williams as the top linebacker in the western United States and one of the top 15 in the country. A good deal of the hype surrounding Williams came from his performance at one day camp on April 28 that just so happened to be at USC.
"We've been talking about it since last May off and on," Vacaville head coach Fred Jones said. "I think it takes a little pressure of where his future lies."
Williams commitment is not official until he signs a national-letter-of-intent on Feb. 5, 2003, leaving open the possibility of a change. Still, that's one less thing to worry about with the Bulldogs opening the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs Friday night.
"May 1, USC said they were going to call me and they were the only one's to call," Williams said. "It's just things like that which showed they really wanted me."