BREAKING: Cougs land Bay Area black belt

IF YOU LIKE sleepers, this one is for you. He's very athletic, lining up at a variety of positions this past season -- and in the process was unanimously voted his league's MVP. He's strong, and with good size. He's an exceptional student. He's a black belt. And he's a Cougar. He's also yet another Bay Area score for Paul Wulff in his 2010 class.

Kristoff Williams, a physical receiver with size at 6-2, 205 pounds, is Wazzu-bound.

"I committed yesterday to Washington State," Williams told CF.C. "It's a real college town and I liked that."

Williams becomes the 21st known verbal in the 2010 Cougar class. For the complete list, CLICK HERE.

WULFF HAS MADE the Greater Bay Area a major recruiting focus and it's paid large dividends in the '10 class. Besides Williams, WSU's commits from the area are OT Wade Jacobson, RB Rickey Galvin, WR Robert Jiles, CB Tracy Clark, ATH Deone Bucannon, and DB Damante Horton. Jacobson, a JC transfer, will begin classes at WSU next week.

The Cougs are also in on a number of additional other Bay Area targets this recruiting season: Ryan Murphy, Fred Thompson, Erick Dargan and others.

"A lot of the players from here in the Bay Area are going to Washington State, a lot of us have committed there," said Williams, citing one of the key factors on why he pledged Washington State.

WILLIAMS, AN outstanding student with a 3.7 GPA, was the unanimous Bay Valley Athletic League MVP this season, quarterbacking Deer Valley High to a league championship and undefeated regular season. He racked up nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards yards and 17 touchdowns his senior campaign.

The Oakland Tribune calls him "ultra-talented and multi-dimensional," and it's not difficult to see why. In a game against Pittsburg that locals believe was one of the best in the history of the league, Williams moved from quarterback to wide receiver after his team's ground game had stalled. He proceeded to run 54 yards for a touchdown and catch two passes for two more scores -- one covering 70 yards, the other 77. Deer Valley won 35-33.

He lined up this season at quarterback, receiver and punter, and pulled double duty on defense in the secondary.

WILLIAMS COULD probably grow into a SAM 'backer, or be a safety, at the college level, but WSU is bringing him in at receiver. And Williams fills a pressing need for Washington State -- a physical receiver with size, one who can use his strength to get off press coverage.

Williams isn't a guy with elite, 4.4-type speed. But he's a strong player who can still outleap and "out-athlete" a defender on a jump ball. Productive receivers with that combination of attributes, not surprisingly, are very hard to find. Williams said he surprised WSU assistant Jody Sears with his decision to verbally commit last night.

"He didn't know I was going to commit, I caught him off guard with that and he was really excited," said Williams. "We gave coach Wulff a call and he was really excited, too."

Williams earned a black belt in Kaji Kempo when he was just 12 years old.

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