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2014 LB Dwight Williams likes OU defense

It’s early in the recruiting process for Dwight Williams (Gardena, Calif./Serra). But the 2014 linebacker prospect already is making a name for himself. He was named the linebacker MVP of the Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp over a group of stellar 2013 linebackers including Michael Hutchings (Concord, Calif./De La Salle), who is ranked No. 57 on the ESPN 150.

“It was great because I got the chance to compete against all of the older guys,” Williams said. “It made me want [work hard] to stay competitive and compete with those guys.”

And, more importantly for Oklahoma fans, he has strong interest in the Sooners.

“I started watching a lot of college games last year and they really caught my eye,” Williams said.

As he started to realize college football could be in his future, Williams started paying closer attention to Division I football and the Sooners’ defense stood out.

“Their defense, they’re a lot scrappier than other schools in their conference,” Williams said. “They seem like they should have been in a different conference, the way their defense was [playing].”

Williams, who already has received an offer from Colorado, is being recruited by all of the Pac-12 schools along with Missouri. He hasn’t heard from the Sooners but singled out OU -- along with Alabama and LSU -- as schools he has high interest in but hasn’t heard from early in the process.

At 6-foot and 186 pounds, Williams could be an ideal fit as a hybrid/linebacker safety or, since he’s still growing, end up as an athletic linebacker prospect.