At USC's Big Man Camp in mid June there was a defensive end that won every contest and even dusted highly rated players untouched to the bag for the win, much to the chagrin of the offensive lineman. He impressed with his quickness so they moved him to outside backer for the last two periods of the camp.
The sleeper defensive end/linebacker is Brent Williams (6-2, 200, 4.7) from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft.
As a junior, Williams earned second-team all-city section and first-team all-league honors after tying his school's single season sack record with 17 and breaking the school record with 29 tackles for loss. He has chance to set the school's career record in both categories his senior season. He 59 tackles his junior season while teams tried to avoid him.
Williams also went UCLA's camp in June where he worked out at outside linebacker, one of the positions he could be playing on the next level. He impressed UCLA enough to ask for his transcripts.
"A lot of schools are looking at Brent as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 or a rush end in a 4-3 alignment," Kersitetter said. "He was just out on the east coast camping with Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh.
"Both schools are showing a lot of interest in Brent," Kersitetter said. "It was very beneficial that he went to both east coast camps.
"There are a bunch of schools that like his speed and quickness off the edge," Kersitetter said. "Those schools that like quickness and speed that play smaller guys are showing interest.
"A lot is going to depend on how well he does on the field this fall and if he can gain weight," Kersitetter said. "Once they see what he does as a senior in pads will be a difference maker.
"Brent is as fast as they come for five to 10 yards," Kersitetter said. "That's what you really want with a player on the edge.
"The thing about Brent is he's not just about speed," Kersitetter said. "He has a couple of weapons in his repartee.
"If you think you are going to cheat him to the outside to eliminate his speed advantage, you would be wrong. He will make a swim move to the inside and get the quarterback even quicker.
"While it may be a cliché," Kersitetter said. "Brent has a great motor. He's a great competitor and great desire. He keeps coming at you and he never quits.
"Like I said, a lot of teams will be waiting until they see how he performs his senior season," Kersitetter said. "Virginia Tech, Pitt and UCLA have asked for his transcripts."