Four star linebacker Thomas Williams (6-3, 227, 4.6) from Vacaville, Calif., is getting a clearer picture regarding his recruitment. He has already set up four trips and with Miami coming on late the Canes are also in the hunt.
Williams is rated by Rivals as the nation’s fifth ranked outside linebacker prospect and he is backing up our claim with his outstanding play on the field.
Williams led his Vacaville teammates to a solid 28-6 victory against Yuba City, Calif., last Friday night. Yuba City must have thought there were two number 41’s on the field that night as Williams racked 12 tackles and one sack.
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“We flew to the football,” Williams said. “The defense as a whole looked good. We held them to 19 yards rushing.”
Williams also did damage on the offensive side of the ball. He had one touchdown run of 70 yards and the team as a total of 400 total offensive yards.
With Williams’ new found offensive success, does he want to play offense on the next level?
“I have more of a defensive personality,” Williams said. “I like to hit more than being hit.”
Williams has offers from UCLA, USC, Oregon State, Washington, Nebraska, Fresno State, UNLV and Notre Dame.
“I just finished committing a visit to Notre Dame,” Williams said last evening. “I will visit Notre Dame on December 6th.”
The first Saturday of December is traditionally a big recruiting day for Notre Dame and those that get invited to visit on that day are usually high on the list of Irish recruiting priorities.
Williams has also set visits to Nebraska on December 20th, USC January 10th and UCLA on January 17th.
Who’s in line for the fifth and final visit?
“My coach recently talked to Miami and if the Hurricanes offer me a trip, I will take it,” Williams said.
“There is no clear-cut favorite,” Williams said. “My top five are my four visits and Miami.”
What does Williams want in a school?
“I want to go to a place where I fit in well,” Williams said. “I want to play at the highest level and be able to contribute. I want a good head coach and a good position coach.”
“I’m probably going to take this thing (his recruitment) to the end,” Williams said.
Another thing to like about Williams is he’s a great teammate. He wanted to make sure that we knew about his teammate offensive lineman Kyle DeVan (6-3, 270, 5.2). “Kyle is a stud and a great athlete,” Williams said. “He could play on the D-I level in two sports. Not only is Kyle a great football player, but he’s one of the state’s best wrestlers.”
Williams will be one of the Golden State’s more interesting recruiting stories as the season progresses.