Linebacker Dwight Williams (Gardena, Calif./Serra) hasn't his sophomore status prevent him from becoming one of the more talked-about players of the spring camp circuit. Williams wasn't exactly an unknown after he posted 69 tackles and two sacks last season, but he burst onto the scene in early April by earning the linebacker MVP at the Los Angeles Nike Camp. A few days later, Williams picked up his first scholarship offer, from Colorado.
On Saturday, Williams made his way to the Coliseum, to take in USC's scrimmage. It was the second time in a week Williams visited the Trojans.
"It's a lot of energy," Williams said of being down on the field for the scrimmage. "Those guys are flying around and making plays. I felt like I was part of the team because I was on the field on the defensive sideline."
Trojans fans are very familiar with Serra, as wide receivers Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and George Farmer are all products of the local high school. Williams said the familiar faces and close proximity make USC feel "kind of like home" to the rising star, but he is still keeping his options wide open and is interested in any school that would like to recruit him.
Williams plans to visit UCLA for its practice on Tuesday and has been in touch with coaches from Ohio State, who would like to get him on campus for a visit whenever he is able to attend.
USC offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu serves as Williams' recruiting contact and the linebacker said he has already established a solid relationship with the Trojans running backs coach. Williams also got a chance to meet USC linebackers coach Scottie Hazelton during his time at USC last weekend.
While it is hardly surprising that the 6-foot, 185-pound Williams excels in football as well as track and field, it is something of a shock that it isn't a track event in which Williams competes at a high level.
"My freshman year, I wanted to do varsity track, but George Farmer and Marqise Lee were already running varsity, so I started throwing the shot put," Williams said. "I got good at it pretty quickly."
This weekend, Williams will look to continue making a name for himself on the football field, as he competes with his 7-on-7 team -- 1925 All-Stars, coached by former Trojans Keyshawn Johnson and Brian Kelly -- at the IMG Madden 7-on-7 West Regional in Redondo Beach.