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Wednesday, February 9, 2000
Star LB D.J. Williams headed to Miami

By Bill Hodge
FANSonly.com

The top linebacker prospect in the nation and defensive player of the year, D.J. Williams of Concord-DeLaSalle, Calif., has signed with Miami (Fla.) over Florida State and California.

"I want to announce I'll be going to the state of Florida; I'll be playing at the University of Miami," Williams said at a press conference.

"It was the place I felt most comfortable and was the best place for me. I like the players, the coaches, the city and feel Miami will be the best place for me to win a championship. It's a great environment to be in and I want to play in big-time games."

The linebacker had also considered Michigan and Texas. He had 88 solo tackles and six sacks on defense as a senior, while rushing for 1,958 yards and 30 touchdowns on offense.

He also scored another six times on pass receptions, once on a punt return and once on a 35-yard fumble recovery return.

Williams, who had denied reports of a commitment to Miami two weeks ago, added, "I'll miss my mom and family a lot, but I feel it's time for me to go on and grow up. I can always come home for vacations."