Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Williams hasn't declared for draft
By Ramona Shelburne
ESPN Los Angeles
USC wide receiver Damian Williams won't confirm a report that he's entering the NFL draft.
The Los Angeles Daily News reported on Tuesday that the team's leading wideout will forgo his senior season. When reached on his cellphone late Tuesday night by ESPNLosAngeles.com, Williams denied that he has made a decision.
"I haven't decided yet,'' Williams said. "Right now I'm just focused on this game and my team. My personal decisions will be addressed after the season."
USC coach Pete Carroll told the newspaper on Tuesday that the option is being weighed.
"There's a lot of indications [he is going pro] because he graduated," he said, according to the Daily News. "We're talking about it. We haven't had a serious meeting yet. His parents have been around here a lot."
USC plays Boston College Dec. 26 in the Emerald Bowl.
Williams, who quickly became USC's most dependable receiver after transferring from Arkansas, was voted as the Trojans most valuable player this season. He's also a dangerous punt returner.
According to the Daily News, Williams has told people that he will not be around next semester because he will be training for the NFL draft.
He caught 58 passes for 821 yards and six touchdowns this season.
Ramona Shelburne covers college sports for ESPNLosAngeles.com.