Corey Williams - In his own words

Corey Williams, a 6-3, 185-pound receiver/safety prospect from Las Vegas, Nevada gave his pledge to Head Coach Rick Neuheisel earlier today to attend the University of Washington. Corey has never been to Seattle before, let alone UW, so that begs the question; why now? What was the rush?

"I know they are a good school and I wanted to make sure the chance to go there didn't slip away," Williams told today. "I wanted to make sure I got my commitment locked in."

It's easy to see why Williams wanted to salt this decision away early, as the Huskies' first two oral commitments have also come from receivers - Mill Creek (Wash.) Jackson WR Craig Chambers and Santa Margarita, California athlete Bobby Whithorne earlier gave commitments to Washington to play the same position as Williams.

So what was it specifically about Washington that piqued Corey's interest? It's clear that his father, Vincent, played a big part. "My Dad grew up in Northern California, which isn't too far from Washington," the younger Williams said. "We talked about making the decision a couple of days ago and just decided to do it today. I watch a lot of sports on TV and I know Washington has a good team. My Dad knows a lot about them and he's heard nothing but great things about them."

It didn't hurt either that Corey knows current Husky safety James Sims Jr. "I used to run track with him," he said. Williams is the current state 4A champ in the 110 meter hurdles, running a 14.42 to win. His current 40 time is 4.52 and he also has a 35-inch vertical leap to his credit. As far as lifting marks, Corey benches 275 pounds and squats 350.

Washington, Washington State, Arizona, UNLV and Oregon State had all offered Corey at the time of his decision. "I went to UNLV's camp, but that was because it was our team camp," he said.

Corey received second-team all-Sunrise region honors at receiver, pulling down 48 passes for 671 yards and 8 touchdowns.

So, with a commitment this early, the Huskies look to have their work cut out for them when it comes to maintaining Williams. For his part, he knows other schools will be calling, but he sounds resolute in his desire to play for the Dawgs.

"I know other schools will call and try to bash Washington, but they are a good school," he said. "Washington is the school I plan on going to." Top Stories