Mountain View (Calif.) Saint Francis High School cornerback Bennett Williams has picked up several offers this year from a variety of programs, but he still has his sights set on more.
So far, the 5-foot-11, 192-pounder holds offers from Cornell, Hawaii, Air Force, Sacramento State, UC Davis and Wyoming.
“Offers to Hawaii and Wyoming are local, well Hawaii isn’t local, but schools like UC Davis are local and I love their atmosphere,” Williams told Today’s U. “Personally, my goal would be to get a Pac-12 caliber scholarship. As of now, I’m highly considering my Ivy League offer and I think there’s some more Ivy League colleges interested in me.”
— Bennett Williams (@bennettw04) June 28, 2016
Currently, Williams is in contact with a few Pac-12 schools that he hopes to earn an offer from once football season kicks off in the fall.
“I’ve been talking to Oregon, Washington, Stanford and Cal,” Williams said. “It’s all kind of a waiting game until the season comes around and that’s when I’m looking to ball out and prove to them what I can do, and show them what I can do and hopefully they pull the trigger.”
Williams finished last season second in the state with nine interceptions, to go with 81 tackles, 26 pass break-ups and three forced fumbles. Offensively, he had 216 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
“A lot of coaches tell me they like my instinctive ability with the ball in the air,” he said. “They like my ball-hawking skills, my strength and aggressiveness as a corner. They say they like how I can play different positions, I can play safety, corner or nickelback and they like my versatility for my size, strength and quickness.”
— Bennett Williams (@bennettw04) March 2, 2016
In the past year, Williams has had the chance to participate in camps and take unofficial visits to get a first-hand opinion of a few different schools.
“I took one unofficial visit up to Wyoming and I’ve done camps at different colleges like Cal and Stanford,” Williams explained. “I went up to Washington first, during my sophomore year. That was my first opportunity and flying up to Seattle was a great experience. They played Cal that week.
“It’s a great staff and I was very warm welcomed and it was just a great experience. Cal is where my dad played ball and I’ve grown up going to that stadium. What they’ve done with it over the past couple of years is amazing.
“Our quarterback from last year, his dad is the DBs coach at Stanford (Duane Akina), and he says there’s still a big chance I can earn a scholarship from them. Their campus is beautiful, obviously the academics there are supreme, all of those are high caliber and that’s the type of school I can see myself at.”
Williams plans to wait out a Pac-12 offer for a few more months, but around October, he will start narrowing down his options.
“I’d probably say after the first few games of the season, first three, four or five games, seeing what happens after that and where my options are,” he said. “That is probably when I will start narrowing it down to a small list of schools.”
Ultimately, his decision will come down to academics and atmosphere.
“I judge environment, is it a small town, is it a big city college? I would have to see what I fit in best. I’m not set on what I’m looking for exactly. Definitely the setting and a huge thing is academics, I’ve got to get a great education if football doesn’t work out.
“There’s a great chance I won’t make it to the NFL, so I need a good academic background as a gateway to be successful in life. A place I can compete at the highest level and feel welcome and very close with the teammates, which really comes from the coaching staff and how I feel about them,” he said.