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June 20, 2008
Williams looks west
Terrell Williams is a very busy young man. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound athlete from Tulsa is switching schools for his senior year, so he's trying to get accustomed to his new teammates and environment during summer workouts. The new Union High School standout is also trying to accommodate all the college coaches who have been recruiting him - and that includes Oregon State, which is attempting to get Williams out from Big 12 and SEC territory.
The OSU coaching staff has shown in recent years that they aren't afraid of venturing into states like Oklahoma and Texas to compete for talent and when they caught wind of Williams at his old school, Edison High, they made the jaunt to Sooner country to check him out.
"I guess they had heard about me as I'd had been making a pretty good name for myself (at Edison) the past couple of years," Williams said. "So a couple of their coaches came down to check me out and then they told me that they were offering me. I've been talking to Coach (Jay) Locey the most and he's been telling me about them and the education I could get (at OSU) and it's all sounded pretty good. Basically I don't know too much about them yet but I'd like to get to learn more."
Williams admits at this point, the most he knows about Oregon State is what he's been able to catch on television.
"I know they beat USC a couple of years ago and I watched that game," Williams said. "I know they have a good team coming up too. They play in the Pac-10 and I like it out West."
Williams noted that he'd love the opportunity to come up to Corvallis for an unofficial visit this summer, if his busy schedule and finances can work it out. With offers from schools like Arkansas, Nebraska, Ole Miss, and Kansas State, among many others, there's no doubt the Beavers will have to show they fit Williams's criteria.
"I'm looking at getting playing time and how much I can help the program as soon as I get there," Williams said. "Next would be education as I can't play sports all my life so I have to have something to fall back on."
Williams noted that like many others, Oregon State is recruiting him as an athlete - which is completely fine with him. While he may take some unofficial visits to a number of the schools on his list, he plans on playing out his senior season before narrowing things down to his five official visits and deciding near signing day.
"Hopefully this year I can show what I can do," Williams said. "Union is a great school with a winning tradition, so I feel there I can show colleges what I can really do."
Stay tuned to BeaverBlitz.com to see if Oregon State can remain on the radar screen of Williams as the summer progresses.