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Big lineman lands first offer

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Walker Williams is making the rounds around the West Coast to check out schools and the massive offensive tackle from Tacoma (Wash.) Tacoma Baptist picked up his first offer in recent days during a swing through Los Angeles.
UCLA is the first school to offer Williams, a 6-foot-7, 320-pound prospect who said he got to know coach Rick Neuheisel better during the trip and that the Bruins are going to be seriously considered in his recruitment.
"That was my first offer and I got to know coach Neuheisel a little better because he took us around the campus and gave us a tour," Williams said. "He seems like a really cool guy. He seems like a coach I wouldn't mind being around more for my four-year athletic career if I chose to commit."
During his trip, Williams also visited USC. While the Trojans did not offer, the coaching staff told the Tacoma Baptist standout that they'd like to see him back at their lineman camp this summer. Williams is thinking about making a return trip.
"It's a great team and a great school," Williams said. "They're building a whole new facility and that's going to be outstanding. They said they're not going to know whether I'm going to get offered until after the lineman camp.
"I'm probably not going to go back down to Southern California until camp season rolls around, until June. Depending on their reaction at the lineman camp I might go down for an official visit later but I'm not sure."
So far, Williams has seen UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Stanford and Boise State in person.
He plans to make camp stops at USC, UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Cal and Boise State among others and after that hectic schedule should have a better idea where his recruitment is headed.
"I am getting a feel for what I like and don't like but it's not like I have an outline of what I do and don't," Williams said.
"I like to see the atmosphere around the campus and the coaching staff and you can tell what kind of person they are off the field when they're not coaching. I want to see how the coaches really work when they're actually coaching."
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