There is a linebacker in California who is quickly moving to the top of the class among linebackers in the Golden State. This linebacker has all the intangibles you love to see in a big time linebacker. The linebacker in question is Thomas Williams (6-2 ½, 230, 4.55) from Vacaville, Calif.
Williams has the instincts and passion for the game of football that you love to see in a major prospect. You know that he will do the work necessary to be a success on the next level.
Williams has been putting in overtime this off-season working on his strength, quickness and overall speed. His max on the bench is now 355, his squat is 475 and his best 40-yard dash time is now 4.55. “I’ve been running a consistent 4.58, but my best time is 4.55,” Williams said. “I think I will get my 40 time down to 4.5 before to long.”
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Williams was selected all-league after piling up 85 tackles, eight sacks, four fumbles caused, three picks and one forced fumble from his outside linebacker spot. He also played fullback on offense, picking up 378 yards and four touchdowns. Williams also had a receiving touchdown as a junior.
The versatile Williams could line up at running back his senior season as well as linebacker. He projects as an outside linebacker on the next level.
Williams is also an outstanding baseball player and he’s getting looks for his talents on the diamond. He batted .422, had three HRs, 28 RBIs and seven SBs as a left fielder for Vacaville.
USC and Arizona are talking about Williams playing baseball for them. So are the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds of the major leagues interested in the talented left fielder from Vacaville. Williams batted .422 with three home runs, 28 RBIs and had seven stolen bases as a junior.
The list of schools pursuing Williams is gaining names everyday. Williams has offers from the Bruins, USC, Oregon State and Nebraska. There are offers pending from LSU, Oregon, Notre Dame and Washington.
On the gridiron USC, UCLA, Oregon State, Nebraska and UNLV have offered Williams a scholarship. He has offers pending from LSU, Oregon, Notre Dame, and Washington. Michigan, Arizona, ASU, Stanford and Cal are also getting consideration from the talented Williams.
“USC is recruiting me hardest,” Williams said. “I’m very open regarding school choice and I have no favorites at this time. I like all the schools recruiting me equally.”
“I’m looking for a college with the right environment,” Williams said. “I want to go to a school where there is a good relationship between myself, the head coach and my position coach.”
“Another important consideration is I want to go to a top-notch school that is known for my chosen major which is sports therapy.”
Is there a time table when Williams will make his decision?
“I will make up mind when it feels right,” Williams said.
Vacaville may have two alums starting in the Pac10 this season in cornerback Joe Hunter (for your UCLA Bruins) and tight end/linebacker Josh Rogers.
“Both Josh and Joe have been very helpful during the recruiting process,” William said. “They are letting me know what to expect.”
“I really didn’t know Joe until last fall and he has gone out of his way to show me drills that will help me when I get to college,” Williams said. “Joe is a great guy.”