Moorpark athlete looking at four

<b>Brandon Williams</b> is a 6-1, 200-pound athlete from Moorpark, California and attends Moorpark High School. Moorpark is currently 6-4 and looking to go deep in the playoffs.

"We started out slow, but have been coming on strong," Williams told "We just beat our rivals, Buena, 35-21. We play San Luis Obispo this Friday in the playoffs."

Brandon has been doing double duty, going for 1344 yards and 16 touchdowns as a running back and racking up 35 tackles on defense as a defensive back."

So what is it that separates Williams from the rest of the pack? "I think it's my speed and size," he said. With a 4.5 40, 275-pound bench and 36-inch vertical jump, Brandon's claim isn't exaggerated. Add to that his leadership skills. "I do both," Williams said when asked whether or not he's a vocal leader on the field. "I lead by example, but I can lead with my voice too."

Even though Brandon's season isn't finished, he's already put in the required research to trim his recruiting wish list. "I've already narrowed my recruiting to four schools I'm interested in," Williams said. "Washington, Oregon, Oregon State and Utah State."

The Aggies seem to be the odd program out, but Williams explains his interest. "Well, I have friends that go up there," he said. "I wouldn't be going up there so much for football, but for the academics." And his other favorites?

Washington - "I've been watching the football team. I've seen some of the games on TV. And I know they have great academics up there."

Oregon - "I've seen pictures of Oregon and it looks like a nice place to play. And academically, it looks like there are some good choices."

Oregon State - "I have a friend that went there and she says the academics there are top-notch."

Brandon wants to major in History in college. He's in the unique situation of knowing roughly where he wants to go, but not having any contact from any of the schools he's interested in. Williams and his high school coach are taking a pro-active approach to his recruitment, one he hopes will get him a coveted scholarship offer. "I haven't talked to any coaches yet," he said. "My coach, Tim Lins, is getting game film of my last two years and sending it to all the schools. I'm going to wait a little bit longer to see if any coaches call, and if they don't I'll start writing letters asking about taking official visits."

We'll be in touch with Brandon in the coming weeks to find out if he was able to secure any offers or trip offers. Top Stories