March 19, 2012

West coast LB interested in Buckeyes

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Ohio State has rarely looked as far west as California in the past decade for its football talent, but there seems to be a renewed interest in the Golden State's talent, if the recent offers to 2013 tight end Marcus Baugh and defensive back Su'a Cravens are any indication.
Whether or not the Buckeyes land either Baugh or Cravens, the California love has caught the attention of at least one 2014 prospect, Gardena (Cali.) Serra linebacker Dwight Williams.

Williams, a 6-foot-1, 197-pound junior to be, started to garner some national attention last year, and that has resulted in interest from every PAC-12 school, as well as letters addressed to him from Alabama, LSU and Missouri. He is a member of one of California's top 7-on-7 teams, the 1925 Productions team, which is coached by former NFL players Keyshawn Johnson and Brian Kelly.

Williams is friends with one current Buckeye freshman, and that friendship has piqued his interest in Ohio State, who he lists as one of a couple teams that he hopes to start hearing from.

"I have spoken Mike Thomas about OSU and he is telling me his experience is fantastic so far," said Williams. "I would really like to take a visit there when the time is right. I am hoping to hear from Ohio State and Oklahoma."

Williams recognizes that to get the attention of the schools he is hoping to hear from, he has to continue working hard on the field and in the classroom.

"This is a big year for me," he explained. "This early offseason I am already improving in technique and coverage. I have been working with former NFL corner Brian Kelly (to improve)."

When asked how his grades were, and how school was going, Williams pulled no punches.

"In my opinion a little sketchy, currently at 3.3 GPA," he said. "In college I plan to major in law and pursuing the occupation of a lawyer."

While a 3.3 GPA is good by most standards, Williams knows that to be the best on and off the field, he has to continue to develop all facets of his game. He says he models his game after NFL All Pro Patrick Willis because of the explosion and aggressiveness he brings on every play.

He hopes to finish his junior year around 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, before topping off around 225 pounds as a senior, while making sure to keep his speed and athleticism, which is the key part of his game. Williams currently runs a 4.6 forty, according to his coaches.


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