In 2010, Duke coaches and fans were impressed by the play of freshman linebacker Kelby Brown. On the recruiting trail, the Duke coaching staff is searching for more hard-hitting linebackers to join Brown on the Blue Devil defense. Deion Williams is a 6’0” 215 pound linebacker prospect from Orange, California. The Blue Devils have had recent recruiting success on the west coast, bringing QB Brandon Connette, TE Cooper Helfet and WR Blair Holliday to Durham in recent classes. They hope that trend continues with Williams, who has already received a verbal scholarship offer from Duke. As a junior, Williams was named 2nd Team All-Trinity League, and plans to make the trip across the country to attend Duke’s spring game this weekend.
BDN: Can you start out by describing your strengths as a player?
Well, my strengths really, they come from just playing together and the chemistry of the team. Without them I wouldn’t be able to do anything.
BDN: What are some of the things you have been working on this offseason?
Just getting my feet work together, quicker feet, and my speed.
BDN: What are your goals for yourself and for your team in your senior year?
For my senior year, I really just want to come together with my teammates and just become more of a family. Winning is obviously great, but it’s not what football’s all about to me.
BDN: What are the most important factors you’re looking for in a college?
Just the things that I can get out of it, as I go on to pursue my goals in life.
BDN: What are some of those goals?
I just recently sparked an interest in genetics, and looking at humans, how they’re made – what their makeup is, and what they look – how they look.
BDN: What schools have you heard the most from so far? Who were the first schools to contact you?
Duke was actually one of the very first schools that showed, sparked an interest in me, and aside from that I got some things from Cal and San Jose State, schools like that.
BDN: Which schools have you had a chance to visit so far?
None yet. I’m actually coming out to North Carolina at the end of this month for the spring game on the 26th at Duke.
BDN: Have any schools stood out to you at this point in the process?
I just want to play it by ear for now, but I’m really – I have a big interest in Duke, so they will be one of my top choices.
BDN: Do you have plans to visit any other schools this spring or summer?
I plan to visit Stanford pretty soon, I’m hoping that they will get back to me, and then other than that just some other schools around, in the area.
BDN: Is there anything else that you think is important for college football fans to know about you?
Just that I play the game for the Lord, I play for God, and when it comes down to it that’s really all I’m about.
BDN: Thanks a lot, Deion, and best of luck to you.
Thank you, and I thank you for the opportunity.