Talented NorCal Linebacker Makes His Decision

LB Thomas Williams

Thomas Williams, a 6-2, 220 pound linebacker from Vacaville (Calif.) had four of his official visits set up and was planning to take each one before making his decision. Those plans were canceled as the talented athlete has put an end to the recruiting process.

"He committed Monday to USC," Vacaville head coach Fred Jones said. "USC has been his top school for awhile. First it was them and UCLA and then USC and Notre Dame but USC recruited him the hardest and Thomas felt like they wanted him the most.

"Plus from a linebacker position, there's an opportunity to play there since they don't have a lot of linebackers on their roster and the defense is a fast, aggressive defense that I know Thomas was excited about."

Williams was our No. 1 linebacker prospect in the pre-season and was recently named his League's Player of the Year. We like his tough, physical style and he looks like a prototype middle linebacker prospect.

"USC from day one has come after me and showed the most comfort and the most support," Williams told the The Reporter, a local paper in Vacaville. "It was something that just felt right in my heart to do. May 1, USC said they were going to call me and they were the only one's to call. Things like that showed they really wanted me."

Williams had set up visits to Notre Dame, UCLA and Nebraska in addition to USC but will cancel those and only visit the Trojans. All of his favorites had offered a scholarship. The Trojans already have a commitment from linebacker Drean Rucker, our likely new No. 1 'backer in the region just ahead of Williams and are right there for our No. 3 player at the position, Michael Okwo.

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