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Bulls get four-star junior college LB Williams

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USF picked up a key oral commitment Wednesday night as linebacker Jacquian Williams, a former Riverview standout now at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas, committed to the Bulls, according to his college coach.

"Of all the schools that recruited us this year, USF did the best job of being consistent," said coach Jeff Sims, saying Williams committed to USF assistant John Hendrick as he visited Fort Scott. "He's the best cover linebacker I've ever seen. He's so long and so fast, it will look like a receiver is wide-open, but he can catch up and cut off the football. Usually a receiver on a linebacker is a mismatch, but not with Jacquian."

Williams, a high school teammate of former USF linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, made an official visit to USF in December. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound linebacker is rated a four-star recruit by Rivals, which ranks him as the No. 21 junior college prospect at any position in this class. Scout.com gives him three stars.

Sims said he has been named a first-team junior college All-American, and chose the Bulls over offers from Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Kansas State.

"He's an unbelievable athlete, one of the most athletic kids we've ever had," former Riverview coach Dan O'Regan said Wednesday night. "He was fast, ran like a 4.5, but he was big at 6-3. Always played with a smile on his face."

Williams -- his first name is pronounced juh-KWAN -- signed with Akron in 2006 but did not qualify academically, enrolling at Fort Scott instead. He'll have two years of eligibility with the Bulls, who have openings for starters at both outside linebacker positions. USF has been recruiting his teammate at Fort Scott, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, but Sims said he does not believe Pierre-Paul is still considering the Bulls.

"I don't think USF is in the game anymore with Pierre-Paul," Sims said.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 5:50pm]

    

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