Troy Williams had believed for a while that UCLA was going to offer even when the former coaching staff was there but nothing ever came for the 2013 quarterback from Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne.
That is until Tuesday.
UCLA offered the 6-foot, 173-pound prospect who threw for 3,247 yards and 34 touchdowns and also rushed for 11 scores in his junior season and Williams said the Bruins are definitely one of his favorites.
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"I've been waiting for it for a long time and I finally got it," Williams said.
"They absolutely do become a favorite. They're definitely in the running. They're close to home and then a lot of their coaches are from Los Angeles and they have a great academic program, too."
Williams had been talking to former assistant coach Mike Johnson and said for months he thought the Bruins were close to offering.
That never happened when Rick Neuheisel was the coach but finally came through under new coach Jim Mora even though Williams said he has had limited contact with the new staff.
What might have helped is Williams had contact with some UCLA assistant coaches when they were at other schools.
"I haven't talked to that new staff much," Williams said. "I used to talk to Mike Johnson a lot but then he got fired. They got the new staff over there and I contacted them and they offered me.
"I talked to coach (Adrian) Klemm when he was at SMU and coach (Noel) Mazzone when he was at Arizona State so I've talked to them before they were at UCLA."
So far, UCLA, Bowling Green, Nevada, SMU and Washington have offered Williams, who said he plans to graduate early but will still wait a while longer before making his commitment.
"I'm going to wait," Williams said. "I'm probably going to graduate early and go out for spring ball so I'm probably going to commit before the season or during the season next year."