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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Watch List LB gets opposite coast offer

By Kipp Adams

After a monster junior season that included 158 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four fumbles forced, and three interceptions while helping his team win the CIF Division II state championship, it comes as no surprise that Dwight Williams (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) is one of the more coveted prospects in the country. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound linebacker added offer No. 24 on Monday from a school 2,200 miles away.

That distance does not mean Williams is unfamiliar with the program.

“The offer from Georgia is a blessing and it is great to have because I love how the Dawgs play,” Williams said. “I watched a few games and really liked how Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree played. I saw them [on TV] at the NFL draft combine and they seem like they have been well-coached and are just great players. Seeing them had that type of success at Georgia is great and it shows me how I would have that same opportunity to be a part of the Dawgs and do what they did.”

Giving the ESPN Watch List selection the news was Bulldogs’ inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti.

“Coach Olivadotti said he saw my film with the rest of the staff, they got fired up about me and they wanted to offer me a scholarship and a chance to be a Dawg,” Williams said. “He said they like my instincts and versatility to play inside and outside. Then he said ‘Go Dawgs.’”

Olivadotti had been in contact with Williams before, but was unsure of just how serious the linebacker actually was about Georgia. Williams revealed some news that alleviated any concerns Olivadotti had.

“I told him my dad’s side of the family is from Georgia and I was actually in Georgia last year to visit them,” Williams said. “I like Georgia a lot and they are up there with the best of them. I like the scheme they use and the way they get after it. I run a 3-4 right now and I like how I can play inside or outside in it.”

Like the Bulldogs, USC is a prominent program that can afford to be selective with its in-state offers because of ability to go out of state when they need to for elite talent. The nearby Trojans are one program that has yet to offer, and that fact isn’t lost on Williams.

“I really do not like the fact that Southern Cal is waiting longer than other schools to offer,” Williams said. “They have had several chances to see me and I have visited for games where they have told me how fired up they are about me and how much they want me -- but they have yet to offer me. It is kind of a turn off, but it is still USC and they still have that tradition. At the same time, for Georgia to offer me before some local schools when I am across the country and they have so much talent nearby shows that they really like me and that they are seriously interested in me.”

Whether or not the Bulldogs get Williams on campus for a visit remains to be seen. Georgia will have to wait and see if they make the cut when Williams trims his options down, although no timeline for that decision has been set.

“I am going to take it slow right now, so I am not worried about narrowing my options down,” Williams said. “But when that time comes, I will cut my list to the schools I am serious about and then make plans to visit those programs.”