Taft Linebacker Headed to Pac-10

Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft outside linebacker Brent Williams makes the call for a Pac-10 school, committing on Tuesday night...

Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft outside linebacker Brent Williams is heading to the Pac-10, making his decision on Tuesday night.

"I committed to Washington last night," said Williams. "UW is the place for me."

Williams got his first offer from the Huskies and their willingness to give him a shot at playing some defensive end played a huge role in his mind.

"It was one of the only places that said I could play defensive or a Clay Matthews "Leo" role," said Williams. "UCLA was talking about straight linebacker and same way with USC and San Diego State. Everything was changing but UW was serious about this."

Williams also had a former Taft teammate, Craig Noble, giving plenty of insight into the Huskies and Seattle.

"I was talking about this with Craig, and he said the city is fine, and this is a great place for me to maximize my potential and work to be the best I can be," said Williams. "Craig had good things to say about the coaching staff."

Williams talked with Coach (Johnny) Nansen who passed the phone around.

"Coach Nansen was who I committed to then he took me to Coach Sark, then from Sark I talked to Coach Dougherty," said Williams. "The only one I didn't get a chance to talk with was Coach Holt but I plan to."

Williams said the Husky staff's belief in him as a player also was big.

"That had a huge impact with them being the first ones to offer me," said Williams. "I know that everyone else was mainly concerned about the weight, but the big thing for me is that Washington knows I can play."

With Taft about to go with full pads starting tomorrow, Williams said the pressure is off, at least from a recruiting standpoint.

"It's a great relief," said Williams. "I can go out and wear my UW sweatshirt around campus. We're trying to win a championship and that's what I can focus on now."

In terms of his official visit, Williams said he's got a day in mind that he'd like to visit Seattle.

"I was talking with Coach Nansen and we're going to try and set it up and take it the USC weekend," said Williams. "I know that's a big weekend so I'm going to try and make it happen."

Growing up in the Southland, Williams always dreamed of playing in the Pac-10, and the draw to Washington, and their Pac-10 affiliation, made it come true.

"I always wanted to play in the Pac-10 so that was big," said Williams. "I'm especially looking forward to the USC and UCLA games each year, I'll be competing even more against them."

Taft is one of the favorites to win the City Section and they go full contact later this week.

"We get our helmets today and go all pads tomorrow so we start hitting," said Williams. "It's time to win a ring."

Academically, Williams is in fine shape, with a 3.0 GPA and a 1200 on the SAT.

As a junior at Taft, Williams had 17 sacks, 59 tackles and 29 tackles for loss.

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