Sharif Williams does not plan to rush a decision but one Pac-12 school is standing out more than the others so far in his recruitment.
"Arizona is standing out the most," Williams said.
There are a few reasons the Wildcats lead for the 6-foot-2, 298-pound defensive tackle from Fresno (Calif.) Central East.
His teammate, four-star running back Nick Wilson is already committed to Arizona, and Williams said he loves the coaching staff in Tucson. A commitment might not be close but as it stands now Arizona could be difficult to beat.
"Nick is going there and I like how they're recruiting me and what I would do there if I went there," Williams said.
"They're just really cool coaches. They're the same kind of guys as my coaches now and I like that. I'm comfortable with those guys. The d-line coach is a cool dude kind of like my coach is now and he's being honest with me."
Having Wilson at Arizona is also playing a major factor. Williams said he and the four-star running back are close friends and it could help ease the college transition.
"That would be a pretty big factor because we'd probably be living together," Williams said. "He's one of my close friends so that would be a big factor."
So far, Williams has been offered by Arizona, Fresno State, Houston, Nevada and San Diego State. He said Washington and San Jose State are showing the most interest and he just wants to hold off on a decision until later in the process.
"I'm going to hold off probably as long as possible," Williams said. "I just want to see what else comes and I want to weigh out my other options."