Portland DE gets one-on-one with WSU coaches

THE ONLY JUNIOR named 4A all-state defensive first team in ‘05, Portland's Sean Williams added a few more marks to the helmet at the Cougs' recent full-contact summer camp. The 6-foot-3, 220 pounder rubbed elbows with Cougar coaches in the trenches and came away with a better understanding of both WSU, and how to play the game. "I had a lot of fun," he said. "I learned a lot, too."

Washington State's camp puts a premium on instruction, and Doba and Walker each spent a good amount of time working with Williams on technique.

"(Doba) helped me out on a lot of different things," said Williams. "Coach Walker, I liked him a lot. I felt really comfortable with him. It was a good experience."

Williams has yet to receive his first offer but some schools could be getting close, telling him to be patient and that they like his pad level, balance and quickness.

"(WSU) liked how I made some of the different counter moves in the one-on-one drills, how I rushed the quarterback and they liked my speed," said Williams. "My pad level is really low. It gives me a really good advantage and especially in going against bigger guys."

THIS OFFSEASON, Williams has hit the one day camps at Cal, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington plus the combine at Eugene. Purdue, Northwestern, Tulsa and Princeton are among those also showing interest.

"Right now, though, I'm just focusing on my senior season," said Williams.

AS A JUNIOR, Williams was a first team all-state defensive end and second team tight end on the state champion Crusaders. The only junior selected to the all-state defensive first team, Williams logged double digit sacks for Jesuit High along with an interception and fumble recovery.

On offense, he averaged 18 yards a catch, with 16 receptions for 288 yards and three TDs. Washington State and most other schools are looking at him as a defensive end but tight end also remains a possibility.

An exceptional student, Williams carries a 3.9 GPA. The quality of education will be one of many factors that goes into his decision.

"I've been thinking about it a lot but I can't really pick a leader, there's things in all of the schools that I like," he said. "In deciding, I'll probably choose a school that I feel I would help out the most and one where I would fit best in the program."

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