Doba and Price down to wire on Top 100 LB

IN THE EARLY MORNING hours this Wednesday, Bill Doba and Mike Price will be huddled around the fax machine waiting for the fruits of their recruiting labor to come on through. Among the signed letters of intent they're both hoping to see is that of Robert Williams, a Dallas face-tackler rated among the top 100 LBs in the nation. Pac-10 or southern darling?

Before we know, this much is certain: The ingredients are present for a pitched battle between old friends over the next 40 hours.

And from the sounds of it, the decision will go right down to the wire.

Not even Williams, who holds double digit offers including Washington State, UTEP, Arizona, ASU, Iowa State, Minnesota, Iowa and Arkansas, knows which way he's going to go.

The past few weeks, Williams (6-3, 200, 4.6) has gone back and forth between the two schools. Late last night, he was leaning towards UTEP.

"It's between Washington State and UTEP," said Williams. "I think it might be UTEP...I have to talk with my momma and my dad."

Williams, being recruited to play outside linebacker for Washington State while Texas-El Paso sees him at defensive end, went on to say that distance is not a factor.

Williams does not anticipate making a verbal commitment before Wednesday, saying he would ultimately decide by sending in his faxed Letter of Intent to one of the two schools.

WHAT IS A factor: Williams plans on being a multi-sport athlete at the next level, and has crossed some schools off his list unwilling to have him try his hand at both.

A hard-nosed hoopster, basketball is Williams' passion, but he also realizes he has more potential in football. He's averaging about 14 points and 12 rebounds a game for No. 4 ranked Justin F Kimball.

On the gridiron this past season, Williams racked up 108 tackles (13 for losses), 10 sacks, nine forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions. Offensively, he grabbed 35 catches for 483 yards and three TDs as a wide receiver.

With the final tally yet to be determined on Wednesday, Washington State -- on the strength of coaches Leon Burtnett and Robin Pflugrad's southern ties -- will have signed at least eight recruits from Texas and Louisiana the last two years. Williams, should he choose Washington State, would make it nine.

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