July 28, 2010

UConn was first to offer Williams

Interest in West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial athlete Camren Williams - a rising junior and the son of former Patriots' defensive end Brent Williams - has begun to heat up. Williams now has offers from Connecticut, Wake Forest, Penn State and Massachusetts, while also receiving interest from North Carolina, Michigan State, Virginia and Boston College.

The Huskies were the first school to offer Williams a scholarship.

"My dad called [offensive line coach] Mike Foley, and he explained that he was going to offer me," said Williams. "It felt really good, because I finally understood what level I can possibly play at. Before that point I wasn't really sure."

The fact that UConn was the first school to offer Williams could be an important factor in his decision making process.

"That definitely comes into play," said Williams. "It almost feels like they're my family, because they started my whole recruitment. It's definitely a huge part of my decision."

UConn has also offered a scholarship to Catholic Memorial teammate Armani Reeves, also a rising junior. The two have been close since the fourth grade.

"He's my best friend," said Williams. "He basically stays at my house all summer. We're pretty much in touch about the whole thing. We'll probably make the same decision, and the fact that UConn offered both of us plays a huge role."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect is being considered at a variety of positions, but his best fit at the next level appears to be on the defensive side of the ball.

" Connecticut wants me to come in as a strong safety and hopefully grow into a [weakside] linebacker," said Williams. " North Carolina also likes me at [weakside] linebacker and Wake Forest just offered me there. Most of the schools right now are focusing on linebacker."

Family is expected to play a major role the decision making process for Williams. His older brother, Brennan, is an offensive lineman at North Carolina , though Williams insists he will not choose the Tar Heels solely because his brother goes there. His father, Brent, is a former NFL defensive lineman, who totaled 45.5 career sacks during stints with the Patriots, Seahawks and Jets. Williams has leaned heavily on his father for support.

"He sets up all of my camps and all my visits," said Williams. "He's basically been like my advisor through this whole process. He's been a blessing to me."

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