WSU LANDS LIGHTNING FAST SACK MACHINE

WASHINGTON STATE has landed yet another verbal, this time from a lightning fast sack machine. Courtney Williams had thought earlier in the day he would wait until tomorrow evening to make his decision but upon reflection, decided to make the call. CF.C talks to the newest member of the WSU family.

"Yes, I committed to Washington State tonight," Courtney Williams told Cougfan.com on Monday evening.

Williams is the fourth player who tripped to WSU this weekend to verbally commit to the Cougs.

Williams told CF.C earlier on Monday afternoon he thought he would talk it over with his family and coaches a bit more and arrive at his decision tomorrow but he decided there was no time like the present.

"I was just ready," said Williams.

Ian Bell was his player host on his official trip this weekend and Williams said that the trip to WSU moved the Cougs right up to the top of his list. The academics at Washington State were a key factor in his decision.

"They have a good Sociology program," said Williams.

On the football side, Williams got along famously with the coaches and players on his trip, and said the fact that the Cougs blitz was also a big selling point. Expect to see him running down people for years to come for the Cougs. Because this guy is scary fast.

THE COUGS love linebackers who can really run, and the 6-2, 205-pound Williams can flat-out fly. Among the 80-plus tackles he racked up this season, 26 of them were sacks. The Los Angeles native is generally regarded among the top two 400-meter prep sprinters in all of California -- he is expected to challenge Dorsey teammate David Gettis for the state 400-m title this year. In the event, Williams clocked a 47.7 in the quarterfinals last year.

But this is not a track star playing football -- this guy is all football player.

A recruiting frenzy began late for Williams -- his tapes went out after Christmas break. College coaches were calling Dorsey head man Ralph Caldwell the next day. Except those that were already on a plane headed down to visit Williams on the Dorsey campus.

"Once word got around, everybody was coming to town," said Caldwell. "And head coaches were coming down. It wasn't assistant coaches, it was the head coaches."

WSU beat out Utah State, Baylor, Arizona, Oregon and Oregon State. USC, UCLA, Washington, Utah, Wyoming and Nevada have all showed either early or late interest.

WILLIAMS WAS selected LA Defensive player of the year and Defensive Lineman of the year by The LA Times. He was also named to the Times All-star selections, which includes all of southern California, and was first team All-Region. And naturally, he was a first team selection in the rugged Coliseum league.

Dorsey is a football factory, sending countless players on to Division I and NFL rosters. Dorsey assistant coach Carver Ruffaw told CF.C before the verbal that if he went crimson, Washington State would be getting an exceptional football player who has a very bright future ahead of him.

"Somebody is going to get a major steal," said Ruffaw. "Wherever he ends up, the teams in that conference that didn't recruit him? They're going to feel real bad."

Williams becomes the 21st known member of the 2005 class. The numbers can remain in flux all the way up to Signing Day but as it stands now, Washington State is likely to take 21-23 players on Signing Day, not counting any potential grayshirts.


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