Gardena (Calif.) Serra became a national name on the high school football scene a few years back when they fielded one of the best wide receiver groups in the history of high school football.
Robert Woods, George Farmer, Paul Richardson and Marqise Lee are gone but the Cavaliers' class of 2014 is making a push to garner the same level of attention of the Serra teams that went to back to back state championship games.
One of the biggest reasons is junior linebacker Dwight Williams (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra). The versatile linebacker has schools from around the country checking in with him and he is taking it all in stride.
"I'm just out here trying to get better and help my team. I've been to so many camps this summer and they were great but right now I'm focused on getting us back to the state championship," Williams said.
It would be easy for a kid from Southern California to be a little distracted when schools like Alabama, LSU, Ohio St and Michigan are trekking across the country to see you in person. Williams is also hearing from Oregon, USC, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Cal and Notre Dame.
For Williams, it is great to get all the attention for himself and his teammates but he is taking the recruiting process slowly.
"I have a lot of goals I want to accomplish while I'm still at Serra. We have a strong team and we have big plans that we need to take care of before I start focusing on college," said Williams, who holds offers from UCLA, Colorado and Oregon St.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Williams knows there is plenty of time and plenty of talent in the Serra program that will have coaches keeping a close eye on the small school just south of Los Angeles.
"Our defense is loaded and I'm just one of the guys that makes us go. We have a lot of talent and we are only going to get better. I'm going to get better by playing with them and working hard," Williams said.
After a spring and summer loaded with camp appearances, Williams will have another chance to leave an impression as he and his Serra teammates travel to Utah to take on Salt Lake City's East High School on national television Sept. 1.
"It's a great chance for us to prove ourselves right away. They have good teams and good players in Utah but I feel good about what we have to. We're still young but we work hard and we all feel like we have a lot to prove," Williams said.