Missing out on in-state talents such as Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia, Calif./Monrovia) and Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove) didn’t do much to slow the defensive line recruiting for this USC staff. They simply reached across the country to grab one of the nation’s best in Leonard Williams (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland).
Williams was one of the biggest risers in the final ESPNU 150, jumping to No. 50 overall and the No. 5 rated defensive tackle. At 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, Williams has the ability to play inside or outside along the line, although he has said that all schools are recruiting him as an end. Williams’ coach has said that the young man is still growing, which could eventually lead to him playing tackle.
Born in Los Angeles, Williams moved to Florida seven years ago, but grew up watching the Trojans and calls Troy Polamalu one of his favorite players.
Williams committed to USC over Florida, Florida State and Auburn and will give the Trojans a huge presence on their defensive line. His commitment also serves as another example of the reach this USC coaching staff has into Florida and their ability to close in a big way down the stretch.