Williams next in line

Early returns on freshman defensive lineman are quite impressive

Updated: August 25, 2012, 11:05 PM ET
By Greg Katz | WeAreSC.com
LOS ANGELES - - Every decade or so, a freshman defensive lineman comes rolling into the University of Southern California football program with a recruiting reputation as big as the Pacific Ocean. For lifelong Trojans fans, you recall the names of Gary Jeter, George Achica, Tim Ryan, Darrell Russell, and Shaun Cody.

[+] EnlargeShaun Cody
University of Southern California/Collegiate Images/Getty ImagesLeonard Williams has already drawn comparisons to Trojans greats such as Shaun Cody.
You then stand up and take notice when renowned defensive line coach Ed Orgeron says that true freshman defensive tackle Leonard Williams (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) is as talented but bigger (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) than Cody, the most recent ballyhooed freshman defensive tackle who turned out to be every bit as good as advertised.

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