Friday, March 8, 2013
Watch List OLB has a secret weapon
By Chantel Jennings
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- ESPN Watch List outside linebacker Dwight Williams (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) is a beast on the field.
After a junior season with 158 tackles, 13 for loss, four forced fumbles and a state championship, it comes as no surprise that the junior has more than 25 offers, some from the likes of Michigan, Florida, Ole Miss, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Every day he seems to gain interest, and schools such as Alabama, LSU, Oregon and USC have started to knock on his door.
It’s quite a bit to keep in line and under control. But none of it stresses out the 6-foot-1, 200-pound linebacker. It has never seemed like too much interest coming too quickly.
His secret weapon to it all? Simple: his mom.
“I’m pretty organized, but my mom really does it, really,” Williams said with a laugh. “She’s tremendous. It’s always good to have people like that in your corner and on your side and wanting you to be great. It’s a blessing.”
She keeps track of phone numbers and visit dates, mailings and camps. She does her best to keep it all in order, so that her son is able to have as normal a high school experience as possible.
During this offseason Williams has been training with the Junipero Serra track team, though he won’t compete this spring as his 7-on-7 team will take most of his time. But his speed training gives his game a huge boost. In the 40 he has clocked a 4.6, and in the 100-yard dash he ran a 10.8 -- both solid times for a 200-pound linebacker.
With his mom organizing his recruitment, Williams is able to focus on the basics that will help him at the next level.
“It’s just getting me ready for college,” Williams said. “I just have to stay in the weight room, stay on the track, working on my speed, get bigger and faster. And also, hitting the books.”
Williams hasn’t been able to pin down any top schools, nor does he have any visits planned in the near future. He’ll compete at the Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp this summer, and beyond that, well, you’d have to ask his mom.
He knows he wants to wait out his recruitment, though. He will announce his commitment at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl next winter, shortly before signing day.
When he does start taking visits, Williams will be looking at the complete package each school has to offer, both on and off the field.
He hopes to study entertainment law, which will require a rigorous academic focus. And it should surprise no one where that interest comes from.
“My mom works in the courthouse so I’ve always been around law,” Williams said.
And when he's on the field he is the law. Good thing he has his mom to organize everything else.