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July 5, 2013Fresno (Calif.) two way lineman Sharif WIlliams doesn't prefer offense or defense. He also doesn't prefer a particular school, although, that could change if he gets two new offers.
"I'm waiting until I know what school is right for me," Williams said. "I'm also waiting for offers from Cal and Washington."
The Golden Bears are intriguing because they offer so much.
"I like the area around Cal and coach [Barry] Sacks, the defensive line coach. I've talked with him a couple of times and they have a good program and a good school. I visited Cal's campus recently and thought it was amazing. They just had a new weight room built and it's a nice atmosphere."
The 298 pound prospect likes Washington as well, they just need to stay in contact more often.
"I was supposed to go their camp, but I didn't end up going. They're still interested in me and I'm supposed to give them a call. They have a strong football program, so that's something to consider."
If they do offer, those two schools might be playing catch up to another Pac-12 program.
"I'm really interested in Arizona," Williams said. "I'm taking an unofficial visit there on the 29th and I think I'm going to take an official visit later in the year."
The Wildcats made an early effort and it might pay off.
"They want me," Williams said. "They're coming after me hard and they have a nice program. I have two friends and teammates (Nick Wilson and Devon Brewer) that have already committed there. I'm going out there to see the atmosphere and get to know the coaches a little bit more."
While he's considering Arizona and other potential scholarship offers, the Central East prospect is also considering schools from non BCS conferences.
"They're still in it. I still talk to Fresno State, San Diego State, and Nevada. Everyone is still in it, I'm just waiting to figure things out."
The Aztecs see him as the anchor to a strong run game.
"The San Diego State coaches talk to me about playing offensive line. They said I'm a fit for their system. I know that I'l take an unofficial trip to their campus."
A school in Reno (Nev.) is after Williams as well, but they're less sure of his role.
"Nevada said I'm a good linemen. They don't where they want me to play yet, offense or defense, so I'm trying to talk to them some more. I like their program. I'm probably going to visit them too."
Williams will also visit Fresno State unofficially. Like Arizona, his interest in the Bulldogs is aided by the amount of interest they've taken in his talents.
"Fresno State wants me to be a nose guard and they really like me. I talked to their coaches a lot. He wanted more film on me because I played mostly offensive line, but he said he didn't even need it. He offered me because he knew that I was good enough and that kind of intrigued me. Also, if I went to Fresno State, it would close to the area I grew up in."
That's a serious factor.
"They're the hometown school," Williams said. "I wouldn't have to leave or go anywhere. They're also a good team that went to a bowl game. They've had success and they're getting better. I feel like I could really help their team and help them do something, and that's important."
That's something that he wants when he goes to school.
"I want to go somewhere I can fit in as a lineman, whether on offense or defense. I don't have a preference. I also want to come and play. I don't want to redshirt and then wait two years to get on the field."
Williams will make everyone wait a little longer before he chooses the school that best fits him. That being said, after his visit to Arizona on July 29, he'll have concrete dates for visits. FSBulldogs.com will have an update when Williams sets those plans.
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