Dwight Williams was at the USC-Oregon game Saturday night and saw the Ducks put up 62 points but received some reassuring words especially from assistant head coach Monte Kiffin.
"I talked to the coaches a little bit," Williams said. "I mainly talked to coach (Scottie) Hazelton and coach Monte Kiffin. He said, 'We're going to bounce back, don't worry about that and keep looking toward the Trojans.'"
That stuck out to Williams, a 2014 outside linebacker from Gardena (Calif.) Serra, who said the Trojans have been diligently recruiting him this season.
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USC has not offered yet but Williams said he wants to remain open in his recruitment and genuinely wants to have a national scope to be open to all teams. So far, Colorado, Oregon State and UCLA have offered.
"They have been recruiting me heavily," Williams said of USC.
"It's not really that major yet since I'm still looking around. (The USC defensive problems) were more like pass control with a team like Oregon. As soon as you get undisciplined and get out of your gaps they find their holes especially (Kenjon) Barner and (De'Anthony) Thomas. They find any seam and they're gone."
The 6-foot-1, 212-pound outside linebacker said the environment at the Coliseum was electric and definitely exciting when the game stayed close. The crowd noise - from both sides - was something Williams especially noticed.
"It was crazy," Williams said.
"There were a lot of Oregon fans down there. For some reason they had a whole section of the stadium. I don't know what it was. I don't know if there were a lot in California already or if they traveled down. There were a lot though."
A bunch of programs from all conferences are recruiting Williams except he's not hearing much at all from the Ducks. That has him a little perplexed but it's still early in his recruitment.
"I don't know about them," Williams said. "I really haven't been hearing a lot from them even with the mail. I don't know what it is."