More corner help: JC standout verbals to WSU

WHEN YOU'RE A CORNERBACK who stands 6-foot-2 and you can flat out fly like a racehorse, you're not going to be lonely for very long. Washington State has secured the verbal commitment of just such a speedster in Brian Williams, a junior college defensive back known for his blanket coverage and wicked make up speed. He talks with CF.C about his decision to go crimson.

Williams, out of Long Beach City College by way of Desert Pines High in Las Vegas, chose Washington State over offers from BYU, Hawaii and TCU as well as interest from Southern Cal and others.

"I'm committed to Washington State," said Williams. "The biggest thing for me is school. I liked the academics there -- they showed me they were interested in my getting good grades. And it will be easier for my dad and my family to get up to Washington to see me play."

He tripped to Pullman back on Dec. 19, clicking with Cougar players such as host Tyron Brackenridge. He told CF.C in an interview at that time that he knew Wazzu was the place for him but wanted to be sure.

"I loved the place," said Williams. "But I wanted to exercise my options. It's a college town and real family oriented. They treated me real nice up there. And it's a Pac-10 school."

Williams said he verbally committed to WSU earlier this month but decided to take one more visit just to be sure and before making his announcement public. Following a final trip to Hawaii this past weekend and a number of unofficial visits to Southern Cal, Williams was ready.

BECAUSE OF HIS speed, and particularly his make up speed, Washington State is getting an excellent cover corner according to his coach, LBCC head man Jerry Jaso.

"He's a legit 4.4 guy -- he's not one of those dot com 4.4 guys," said Jaso. "He has good feet, he's able to turn his hips and go. And he can really run."

On the season, Williams racked up 48 tackles that included 30 solo stops, a sack and three tackles for loss. He notched double digit pass breakups in the secondary, while picking off two passes and recovering a fumble. He also used his speed to log 615 yards on 20 kickoff returns, good for third in the 12-team conference.

"He's got great catch up speed, he can really turn and run," said Jaso. "He elevates well and at 6-foot-2, and he's a legit 6-2, he's got the height everyone is looking for. He'll hit you. He's not a really big guy but he'll put his nose in there. He just has good instincts, he's a good cover guy."

WILLIAMS WAS A full qualifier out of high school, one who graduated with a 3.4 GPA. But after signing with Northern Arizona, he says he didn't study as much his first semester in college as he should have. That served as a wake up call.

"After that, I lived in the library," said Williams, who carries a 3.3 GPA at Long Beach.

But it wasn't grades that forced a detour to the junior college ranks, but rather, an unfortunate incident.

"No, it's okay to talk about that, that's fine," said Williams. "There was a fight that a lot of my teammates and I ended up getting into with some local guys in Flagstaff. They ended up kicking about eight of us out for that incident. It was unfortunate, but in retrospect, it's almost kind of good that it happened or I'd still be at NAU instead of headed to Washington State.

"My whole goal was to get to D-I -- I promised that to my dad. As long as I get to play D-I football and get my education, he's going to be happy."

Williams will graduate this spring and have two to play two at Washington State.

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