When CJ Williams committed to Notre Dame in August, it looked like his enlistment was over. The Irish outperformed many programs for the four-star receiver from Santa Anna (California) Mater D.
But as summer turned into fall, Williams began to at least consider other programs and when Lincoln Riley was hired as coach for USC, the Trojans immediately became a contender. After visiting at least twice and then seeing how it would be used in Rayleigh’s attack, the Trojans became a much more serious player.
On Saturday, Williams committed USC to UCLA during the All-American Bowl to give the Trojans three Santa Ana Mater Dei players in this class alone as Williams joined forces with Ralke Brown and Domani Jackson.
“My biggest concern with USC is that they’re not really going anywhere. They were sitting there sub-par. They were still throwing the ball well but it wasn’t productive. Just knowing they can win these games now just based on Training and tactics, it would be crazy. You can bring an improved attack scheme anywhere and it will have me grinning by the ear because I am a guy who wants to improve myself and for the future and have the ball in my hands.”
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Keeping players like Williams – and his Mater Day teammates – at home is critical if USC is to return to being a national force. One of the top receivers in the All-American Bowl, Williams showed consistency in every practice, and now he goes to USC to play in the Riley attack, so the big stats can come in.
With his size and physical tools, Williams could have a huge impact in making the Trojans a competitor once again. He’s a smart player who will be able to understand the rules of the game, he catches great passes and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him used so early on that offense.