Texas linebacker has WSU offer, will travel

THE HEART AND soul of the Cougar special teams are the linebackers. And with Bill Doba a former 'backers coach himself, Washington State is always in the market for good ones. One WSU outside linebacker candidate, Robert Williams of Dallas holds a Cougar offer and has a visit scheduled to Pullman next month.

With five inking their National Letters of Intent to Washington State in 2005, linebacker is not as high a priority as it was last recruiting class but the Cougs still figure to take a few of 'em come Feb. 1.

Williams (6-3, 200, 4.6) is one who could follow in the footsteps of three Texans who signed with Washington State last year -- all of whom either started or saw significant playing time as true freshmen. Williams said distance won't be much of a factor.

"Washington State seems like a really good school," he said. "They're talking about me coming in and playing outside linebacker."

ALONG WITH WSU, Williams holds a total of "11 or 12" offers, including Arizona, Arizona State, Iowa State, Houston, Minnesota, Iowa, UTEP, Baylor and Arkansas. He said he has no frontrunners.

The Justin F. Kimball three sport standout has tripped to UTEP (10/21) and Iowa State (12/9) with his official visit to WSU scheduled for Jan 13.

Schools knocking on the Williams door for home visits over the last couple weeks were Washington State, Iowa State and UTEP. And Iowa has stopped in to see him at Kimball.

"Academics and wanting to play as a freshman will be important," said Williams. He said he does not plan on making the call until he's had an opportunity to take his trips but also that when it feels right, he'll go ahead and make the call.

WHILE WASHINGTON STATE sees Williams as an outside linebacker, Mike Price and UTEP are recruiting him to play defensive end and others see him as growing into a prototypical middle 'backer in college.

He played linebacker, defensive end and wide receiver (35 catches, 483 yards, 3TDs as a senior) in three varsity seasons at Kimball. On the hardcourt, Williams averaged just under nine rebounds and 12 points per game at Kimball his junior year.

Greg Trent, Jason Stripling, Cory Evans, Courtney Williams and Lamar Brumfield all signed with the Cougs in 2005. While all five originally came to Washington State as linebackers, Williams -- a special teams standout his first year with the Cougars -- now appears likely to play in the defensive backfield.

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