Another Florida freshman

Daytona Beach native Williams adds to USC's Sunshine State legacy

Updated: October 19, 2012, 12:34 PM ET
By Johnny Curren |
LOS ANGELES -- It's safe to say the Trojans have found quite a bit of recruiting success in the state of Florida over the past decade. A football hotbed once thought to be off-limits to programs outside of the South, USC has gone inside the borders of the Sunshine State and nabbed elite standouts such as Mike Williams, Keith Rivers and more recently Nickell Robey, all of whom made their presence felt right from the first time they stepped foot on campus.

Leonard Williams
Kirby Lee/Image of Sport/US PresswireUSC defensive tackle Leonard Williams (right) has helped the USC defensive line to the No. 5 national ranking in sacks.
And while the 2012 season has just reached its midpoint, it's become all too evident that one can now safely throw one more player onto that list of immediate-impact performers -- Leonard Williams.

Standing 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds, the Daytona Beach native has made a splash in his first year at USC, becoming a crucial component of a defensive line unit that has emerged as the driving force behind a defense that ranks No. 5 nationally in sacks (3.7 per game). Providing a formidable presence at the three-technique tackle position, Williams has proven to be especially effective coming after the quarterback, racking up 5.5 sacks in addition to 18 tackles.

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