Williams makes his intentions known

When a top high school prospect signs with a D-1 program, but doesn't qualify, it's an iffy proposition that they will end up with that same school after going the JC route. CCSF LB Gerald Williams (6-4, 240) held true to his word though, and made a pledge earlier this fall to the school that he signed with back in 2006.

"I signed with Tennessee out of high school, but I didn't have the test scores to go there," Williams told JCFootball.com recently. "They stuck with me and said if I wanted to go play some big-time JC football, that I should look to head out to California.

"So my mom and I started looking around and after we did our research, I pretty much came to the conclusion that (CCSF) was the school to be at.

"They have a great program here and the coaches do a really good job of getting guys prepared for the next step. They also had a ton of great athletes and football players here and I knew I'd have a chance to win a championship."

And win a championship is exactly what CCSF did beating Mt. San Antonio last week for the state championship and being named number one by JC-Gridwire.

"That was amazing," Williams said. "We went on a good run and it's been a pleasure to be here and be a part of what we had this season."

Williams was the leader of the Rams' tough defense, posting over 130 tackles, 13.5 tackles-for-loss and three forced fumbles.

Flanking Williams was another outstanding linebacker in his own right -- Jake Heun -- and the two had a friendly competition all season long.

"When one of us made a play, the other one wanted to keep things going and also to get ahead of the other guy," Williams said with a laugh. "He made things easy on me because he's a really good 'backer and teams had to choose their poison. Either they covered Jake and left me wide open or they accounted for me and left Jake to make plays.

"I'm sure a lot of teams were pretty frustrated with us this year."

Williams renewed his commitment to the Volunteers back in September when he was told by the coaching staff that he still had an offer waiting for him.

"They were the school I've always wanted to go to and I have a couple of friends there so they keep telling me they're waiting for me to get there," Williams said. "I'm looking forward to playing SEC ball and I'll be there pretty soon so that's going to be fun for all of us."

Williams will graduate in December with three years to play two when he arrives in Knoxville.

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