REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – He’s got one of the smoothest releases you’ll ever see, he’s the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the country and he’s likely going to be committed to one lucky school before the spring is up.
Troy Williams had a productive weekend at the IMG 7on7.
Troy Williams out of Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne was competing at the IMG 7on7 West Regional over the weekend with his 1925 All-Stars. As is always the case, Williams was one of the top quarterbacks at the event, showing a cool demeanor, a smooth throwing motion, good spin and accuracy.
Currently five schools have a shot at earning his commitment: Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Washington and Ole Miss. recently, he took a trip to check ou thte Arizona schools.
“I visited Arizona and Arizona State over spring break to weeks ago,” Williams said. “Arizona State is a real nice campus. I had heard people telling me that it was a nice campus but I got a first hand view of it. It was real nice. Nicer than I expected. There are a lot of good people out there. It’s a good community.
“Arizona was real nice. Their depth chart is what impressed me. They only have one quarterback over there, Matt Scott and he’s a senior so he’ll be leaving and after that the race will be wide open.”
Williams is an athletic prospect at the quarterback position but his strength is as a passer. He said that new Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez would love to utilize that strength in his wide-open offense.
“He says my best asset is my arm so he wants defenses to have to strategize against the offense,” he said. “In that kind o foffense you never know what you’re going to get until you snap the ball and I’m capable of doing both things (running and passing).”
With his trip to Arizona in the books, Williams plans on visiting Washington at the end of the month for its junior day and spring game. After his trip to Seattle and following another unofficial visit to UCLA, Williams thinks he’ll be ready to make his decision.
“Washington, they offered me my sophomore year so I’ve always liked them,” he said. “They recruit some of our former players at Narbonne so I know a lo of those kids up at Washington so it would be cool to reunite with them.
“UCLA, I have a good relationship with Coach (Adrian) Klemm and Coach (Steve) Broussard. They’re from the Los Angeles area and they’re always recruiting.”
One other dark horse in the race is SEC upstart Ole Miss. Under new head coach Hugh Freeze, the Rebels are in Williams’ top five.
“I talk to them every now and then,” he said. “They tell me I’ll be a nice fit for them and they just want me to come out there and visit their school. I’ll talk it over with my parents and see. It’s kind of far but we’ll see what we can pull out of our pocket.”