- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
Among the many visitors to the Los Angeles Coliseum for the battle between Oregon and USC was 2014 ESPN Watch List linebacker Dwight Williams of Gardena (Calif.) Serra.
Saturday's clash of Pac-12 heavyweights turned into an offensive shootout for the ages. With 113 points scored, it would be fair to assume that a defensive player might picture himself out there helping slow the offensive explosion. For the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Williams, it was an eye opener in many ways.
"I've been to games at USC in the past, but that was by far the loudest, craziest it's ever been. That was the most people I have ever seen there," Williams said. "I couldn't believe how explosive both teams were out there."
Williams currently holds offers from Oregon State, UCLA and Colorado but has his eyes on both the Trojans and the Ducks.
"USC is recruiting me pretty hard right now. They haven't offered me yet, but they are keeping in touch," Williams said. "Coach [Monte] Kiffin told me yesterday to stay patient and stick with them, because their defense is going to bounce back."
While Oregon's offense was unstoppable, Williams saw some weaknesses in the Trojans' defense that allowed for the Ducks to roll up record numbers.
"Oregon is so fast, it's crazy. Their speed and their tempo is even faster in person. I was blown away by how explosive they really are," Williams said. "Against a team like that, you have to stay disciplined. It's all about gap control because if Kenjon [Barner] or De'Anthony [Thomas] get a seam, they're gone. You just have to stay disciplined out there."
While the Trojans have been in touch with the local star, the Ducks have yet to make a push for Williams, one of the top defensive prospects on the West Coast, regardless of class.
"I don't know what it is, to be honest. I have barely gotten any mail from them so far," Williams said. "Everyone I talk to says that I am the perfect fit for their defensive style of play. I agree with them. I could see myself playing in that aggressive defense. I tried to catch the coaches on their way to the locker room, but I didn't make it over there in time."
Oregon's slow approach to recruiting can be a turn off to some recruits, but Williams insists he will remain patient because he likes the idea of playing for an aggressive team with a defense that matches his versatility and athleticism perfectly.
"I saw them put their linebacker [Boseko] Lokombo out on Marqise [Lee] a few times in the second half to try and jam him at the line," Williams said. "I thought that was pretty cool that they did that. I've never seen that before, and it shows that their defense is almost as crazy as their offense."
Williams was also impressed with the way the Oregon defenders knew where to be on each play.
"They move around and get aligned properly before every snap," Williams said. "Sometimes, it looks like they are lined up wrong, but it's really just the way they do things. USC made a lot of good plays, but Oregon's defense was a little better than theirs all night."
In addition to three offers, Williams has heard from USC, Ohio State, Alabama, Cincinnati, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Georgia, Cal and Vanderbilt.