Williams is excited to be a Duck

He flew under the radar most of the summer, but Joliet TE Brandon Williams (6-4, 245) is a player that exploded onto the scene with a huge season this fall. JCFootball.com caught up with the gifted athlete who played both basketball and football for the Wolves and he updated us on things including what made him commit to Oregon while he was in Eugene this past weekend...

Williams was a multi-sport star at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, Illinois, but was unable to qualify for a D-1 scholarship offer so he headed to Joliet to see if he could get his grades where they needed to be.

"I redshirted in 2007 for football, but I played basketball that year," Williams told JCFootball.com. "So then in 2008 I played both and this year I just played football.

"I loved playing basketball, but football is where everyone thought I had a better future so that's where my focus has been this year."

After hauling in only seven passes in 2008, Williams exploded onto the scene with 52 receptions for 829 yards and six touchdowns, leading the team in all three categories.

"They used me out wide, they used me in tight, it was a fun season for me," Williams said. "That was what was so appealing to me about Oregon - the way they use their tight ends.

"I didn't want to play a traditional tight end role and they way they split their tight ends out and use them, it was a perfect fit for me."

Williams had offers from Central Michigan, Toledo and Baylor, but when the Ducks called and asked him to visit there wasn't a question in his mind about heading west.

"I got there and that place is amazing," Williams said. "I had fun meeting with the coaches and the players. The facilities were as good as advertised and then when they offered me I was like 'I want to commit' and they were really happy.

"They showed me how they would use me and said they needed me to come in and play because they are losing (Ed Dickson) so they needed a guy to come in and contribute."

Williams will sign with Oregon in December and he'll have two years to play two once he steps on campus.

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