Slot receiver T.V. Williams (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) isn’t used to running the 40-yard dash in anything higher than 4.5 seconds. So when he got word of his time of 4.6 seconds at the U.S. Army National Combine in July, he looked at it as a measuring stick and gave himself a personal message.
Get better. Quickly. And be consistently dominant.
Since January, the lightning-quick receiver has been working to show he’s one of the top players at his position. After sending highlight tapes out to programs nationwide, California co-signed with his playmaking abilities. The Golden Bears, led by head coach Sonny Dykes, extended a scholarship offer to the 5-foot-9, 155-pound sparkplug.
“I found out they watched my film, and I called them right after. They say they liked my film,” Williams said. “Then they said they wanted to be the first Pac-12 school to offer me. I was like, ‘Wow.’ It feels amazing. I can honestly say I wasn’t expecting it. I loved it.”
Williams has built a budding reputation since his outstanding performances in summer camps and combines. He consistently ran sub-4.4 40-yard dashes, with his best time a 4.31 at a Houston satellite camp in DeSoto, Texas.
Williams said January’s U.S. Army combine performance served as the reality check he needed to get even better.
“It ticked me off. I left there and wasn’t happy with myself,” Williams said. “Even though I did have the fastest pro agility and sixth-fastest 40, I wasn’t content. I don’t think I’ll ever be content with my work.
“I told my trainers about it, and I went to work. It was a real humbling experience for me. I’m not a cocky guy, but I feel like I’m one of top receivers in the Class of 2014, and I felt like God humbled me and showed me I haven’t done all that I can do yet. I’m just going to work now.”
Williams caught 45 passes for 789 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior. He averaged a team-high 17.5 yards per catch. Houston was the first school to offer Williams during the season, but he’s now being courted by Boise State, Oklahoma State, LSU, TCU, Washington State, SMU, Arizona State, Texas State and UTSA.
Williams will take in two junior days this weekend. He’ll go to Oklahoma State on Saturday and Texas State on Sunday.