Alonzo Williams transferred from tiny Abbeville, La., to California powerhouse Long Beach Poly for his senior season to gain more exposure and after three games it is definitely paying off for the 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive lineman.
"I was supposed to come out here last year because I wasn't really getting recruited much at all and I thought it would be a good experience to come out here and play against the best to get ready for college," Williams said.
"We've played some of the top players in California. I never played against anybody like this back home so it's a new thing for me. The experience has been good. I've been playing against the best and I'm just trying to get better."
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Williams, a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, committed to Texas A&M in February and said he doesn't think he has any other offers but that could certainly change soon.
In a victory against Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne Friday night, Williams was unstoppable at times at defensive tackle batting down passes, pressuring the quarterback or stuffing the run up the middle. He was arguably the best defensive player on the field and Poly is loaded with them.
USC has started to show some interest in Williams, who said he grew up wanting to play for the Trojans. LSU, Alabama, Georgia and Florida are four other programs that Williams has his eye on so he's definitely shooting for the top.
Although he's still firmly committed to Texas A&M - he credits the work of assistant coach Jim Turner in his early decision - Williams said he plans to take other visits.
"The big thing was coach Turner," Williams said. "He put his best foot forward. He was calling my coach every day and he did a good job to get me there."
One of the biggest reasons for coming out to Long Beach Poly for his senior season was to get more recruiting exposure and if he continues to play as well as he has through three tough wins - against Narbonne, Carson and Sacramento Grant - then things should continue to go well.
This week Long Beach Poly visits another California power in Mission Viejo.
"It's been good out here," Williams said. "I always wanted to go to USC ever since I was younger. I always played with USC on the college games and I always liked playing with Reggie Bush."