Few schools do as good a job as Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure when it comes to getting their players out to Div I colleges. The Seraphs have another strong class in 2007 headlined by defensive back Michael Williams who landed his first two offers on Signing Day.
Williams, 5-11, 180 pounds is a very talented athlete who earned all-area and second team all-state underclass honors this past season. He plays safety for the Seraphs but could play corner in college as well and some schools even like him on offense because of his speed and how explosive he was on punt and kick returns this past season.
He finished the year with 94 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions on defense and close to 900 yards in total punt and kick returns.
"He's really good with the ball in his hands," St. Bonny coach Jon Mack said. "He had three returns for touchdowns and all three were almost 90 yards or more.
"On defense, he plays safety and is a huge hitter and can cover a lot of ground. We like to blitz him a lot but he has the speed to play corner as well as safety. Everyone who has come by the school so far has just raved about him and said as soon as they get his film to their head coach, they're going to offer him."
Two schools who have already sent written offers for Williams are Michigan and Arizona State.
"That was exciting for everyone," Mack said. "To get those offers on signing day meant a lot. It showed how hard some schools are working out there. They obviously took the time to watch his film, even though they were right in the middle of recruiting their seniors.
"I think Michael is interested in everyone but USC and Notre Dame would have to be his top two. Notre Dame loves him and USC has been on him for awhile. Ole Miss has given him a verbal offer and I've already talked to Coach Orgeron and he's very excited about him and will be offering in writing very soon here."
Williams had a standout showing at the SoCal Nike camp last spring where his 84.0 SPARQ Rating was one of the best in the camp. He clocked a 4.66 in the 40, 4.25 in the shuttle, did 18 reps on the bench and jumped 36 inches in the vertical.