Orange (Calif.) Lutheran two-way lineman Don Williams (6-1, 280) is determined to not miss the Lancers playoff run this year.
After tearing a knee against Long Beach Poly a season ago, in the CIF-SS semifinals, Williams ended up missing the Lancers win in the CIF Finals and Division II state championship game. The Lancers will be playing the Jackrabbits again this weekend, at the Home Depot Center and in the semifinals and with a chance to make return trips to both games. So Williams is cherishing his time this season.
“I tore my knee against Poly last year, so I’m pretty fired up (for the playoffs) this year. I just kept fighting back after that,” said Williams.
Playing on both sides of the ball, its on defense where Williams is getting much of his recruiting attention, while he still waits for his first offer.
“UCLA has been sending me letters lately, and I’ve been hearing from Hawaii and Boise State,” said Williams. “I really like UCLA because I’d like to go somewhere local, but I’m open to anywhere.”
Boise State has a familiar face too, in Austin Pettis, Williams’ teammate at Orange Lutheran. And the Broncos have long recruited well in Orange County.
“I’ll go anywhere, I just want to keep playing,” said Williams. “I’d prefer to stay in the West though.”
Williams has been playing nose guard for the Lancers, and figures his future in college is at defensive tackle.
“I know I’ll end up on the D-Line somewhere in college,” said Williams. “My knee is healthy and I’m way stronger and faster than I was before.”
While the Lancers were known for their offense last year, led by quarterback Aaron Corp, its been the defense that has been the anchor of the team this season.
“We lost some guys on offense, but we had nine returners on defense, so I wasn’t too worried about that,” said Williams. “The defense has stepped up a lot and we’ve solidified the quarterback spot.”
Williams said he’s remaining patient while he waits for the first offer to come in.
Academically, he has a 3.0 GPA and scored a 1400 on the SAT.