December 3, 2009

A New Target Emerges at DT for the Sooners

With the expected departure of All-American Gerald McCoy and the unexpected revocation of Demarcus Granger's application for a medical hardship it's safe to say the Oklahoma Sooners are looking at all reasonable options along the defensive line.

One player who definitely falls within that category is Irving (Texas) Nimitz defensive tackle Damon Williams, the teammate of long-time Sooner commitment Eddrick Loften. Recently the 6-foot-4, 300-pound run-stuffer began hearing from the Sooners and not long after received a scholarship from defensive coordinator Brent Venables.

"We really didn't talk much until here recently, I didn't know they were interested in me and they were still sending me mail and stuff," Williams said. "They just popped up and said we have a scholarship for you. (Venables) used to come to our spring practices so he had been seeing me there, and I guess coach sent him some of my film from this year and he liked it.

"He told me they thought they were going to get Granger for his sixth year and when that didn't happen that's when they offered me."

Williams took an official visit to Texas Tech in early October and is still trying to shuffle visits between Oklahoma, Minnesota, Arkansas and one that was originally set up for Kansas on Dec. 18.

"I had an official visit set for Kansas so I might end up switching that around if I can go to Oklahoma then. If I can't I'm going to go to OU on Dec. 11 and push Arkansas to January or something," he said. "Arkansas, Minnesota, and Oklahoma those are the ones I'm going to work out a visit for.

"I would love to get it over soon but if all else fails, then I can wait until National Signing Day."

Williams holds offers from all of his potential hosts as well as Baylor, Houston, Kansas State, Nebraska, Tulsa, and several others but admits that while several of his offers are long-held that his senior year has been a big piece of his development as a prospect.

"I say the start of the season I started off pretty slow and I'd say probably about the game before district I started playing to my full potential, from Arlington Lamar on I felt like I played well," he said.

Much like Loften it meant a lot to Williams to use his senior year to get Nimitz back on the right track and into the playoffs. However, he isn't one who plans to spend his future talking about his past.

"It's pretty exciting going to the playoffs and all of that, I loved it, I enjoyed it while it lasted now I've just got to move on and get ready for college."

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