New Horizons
Terrell Williams
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Dec 11, 2008

Although Oklahoma safety Terrell Williams slightly favors Mississippi, the only official visit he has scheduled is to Colorado on Dec. 12. "I heard it's a great school," he said of the Buffs. "It's supposed to be a beautiful environment and I like that they need help. They are a team on the rise and I think I'd be able to help them a lot. They aren't too deep at safety and I could..."

Terrell Williams, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound three-star safety/wide receiver from Union High School (Edison Prep tansfer) in Tulsa, Okla., says he now has over 20 scholarship offers and remains "very open."

Williams, ranked as the No. 37 safety in the country by, still favors Ole Miss slightly over Colorado, Arkansas, Tennessee, Stanford and Oregon State. All of his favorites have offered as well as Nebraska, SMU, Boise State, Southern Miss, Kansas, Kansas State, Tulsa, Oklahoma State and Oregon State, among others.

He says the Rebels are recruiting him to play receiver. "They had a great season a good thing going on," Williams said. "Coach Houston Nutt is great and came from Arkansas and did great there too. He's a players coach and I think he'll turn them around.

"I really love all the coaches at Ole Miss," he said. "I talk to them a lot and have a real good relationship with them."

Although Williams slightly favors the Rebels, the only official visit he has scheduled thus far is to Colorado on Dec. 12. "I heard it's a great school," he said of the Buffs.

Not only is Colorado the only official visit he has set up, but the Buffs coaches are the only ones who have visited Williams' home, and that was yesterday (Dec. 11).

"It's supposed to be a beautiful environment and I like that they need help," he said. "They are a team on the rise and I think I'd be able to help them a lot. They aren't too deep at safety and I could probably play early."

Another school that Williams says he'd like to trip to is Arkansas. "I've been there before and they have some of the best facilities I've ever seen," he said. "I like the new coaches and I love the SEC."

Tennessee is another SEC program which has piqued Williams' interest. "I'm excited about coach Lane Kiffin taking over," he said. "He's an NFL guy and knows what it takes to get to the next level."

While Williams is optimistic about coach Kiffin, he admits he isn't sure if the new coaching staff will be recruiting him. "I'm not sure if the coach recruiting me is gonna still be there," he said. "I haven't talked with him in a couple weeks and I just need to make sure they still want me."

Both the Razorbacks and Vols are recruiting Williams as a safety.

One of the other schools recruiting Williams for offense is Tulsa, but he says he isn't much interested in staying in-state. "Tulsa is only about 15 minutes up the road and Oklahoma State is only about one and half hours away, but I'm kind of wanting to get out of Oklahoma. I want to see new things."

Williams' desire to see news things is one of the reasons he's also looking at Oregon State and Stanford. "Stanford has amazing academics," he said. "A degree from there is worth a lot.

"And Oregon State has a real young team, but almost won the Pac-10," he said. "Both programs are still coming up and I'd probably be able to help them out."

Growing up, Williams followed another West Coast team, UCLA, but not for football. "Me and my uncles just loved UCLA basketball," he said. "I was into basketball first and watched the Bruins all the time as a kid."

Williams plays small forward and averages about 17 points per game, but says he'll stick with football in college.

"We just ended our football season and now I've got basketball," he said. "So I haven't had a chance to really focus on recruiting, but I plan to.

"I don't want to rush into anything," he said. "I'm gonna play it by ear. I want to fit in and go where I can help out and make an impact. I just want to be an attribute on the team."

Williams helped lead Edison Prep a 13-1 record and the 6A state championship. He finished his senior season with 105 tackles and seven sacks.

"I'm bigger than most guys," he said. "I have good size and play fast too. I have great size and speed and I try to play as hard as I can. I do whatever I can to help my team win.

"I'd like to get a little faster though," Williams said. "Football is all about speed. I run a 4.6 forty"

He also benches 240-pounds, squats 470 and claims a 34-inch vertical jump.

Williams plans to major in either mechanical engineering or sports medicine. He reports a 3.7 core GPA and a 20 ACT.

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