Williams makes early commitment

One of the top JC corners and punt/kick returners in the country resides at Los Medanos College. CB Kevin Williams (5-10, 173) had a big season for the Mustangs as both a lock-down corner and a return man and that's resulted in several early offers. Even with all those choices, Williams decided to make an early commitment and he talked about that as well as what it takes to be a top returner.

After a standout career at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Florida, Williams had to decide where he wanted to continue his football career.

"Down in Florida you have to take a test to graduate and I didn't pass it," Williams said. "I was frustrated by it because I was always pretty good in school, but it happened so I actually went to City College of San Franscisco first.

"But then I had a friend tell me about Los Medanos so after only being at City College for a semester, I came here and I've been real happy here."

Williams made a name for himself quickly for the Mustangs by being a fearless punt and kick returner as well as showing the quickness and speed (4.39 electronic) to be a top corner prospect as well.

"You can't have any fear," Williams said when asked what makes him such a special return man. "You have to believe that you can make that first guy miss and when that happens, you are already up on the coverage.

"Then it's all about the open-field and running away from guys."

Williams was a standout on both defense and the return teams for the 'Stangs.

He posted 40 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and five intereceptions as a corner and then averaged 40.3 yards on 34 kick returns -- including two for touchdowns -- and 17 yards on 20 punt returns -- with two more scores.

With a big season like that under his belt, schools jumped on the dynamic playmaker very early in the recruiting process.

"I have offers from Akron, Central Florida, South Florida, Western Michigan, Memphis, Arizona State, Oregon State and West Virginia," Williams said. "I've actually committed to Memphis already. I did it back on March 26th when I talked to the coaches.

"They came out and visited us last fall and they saw me and they said they liked me a lot as an athlete. They said I have a chance to come in and play right away at corner and as a return man so that was real cool and the coaches there are really great and I feel like I could go in and help them right away."

So with this being so early in the process, is Williams' commitment solid?

"I'd say it's a soft commit right now," Williams said. "I like them a lot and that's why I committed, but I also want to keep an open mind and other schools may come on so I want to just keep my options open a little bit."

Wherever Williams ends up, he'll have three years to play two and he plans to sign in December and be on campus for spring practices next year.

We'll continue to follow Williams' progress and updated things as they change.

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