The 6-1, 205-pound outside linebacker is a four-star recruit and the nation’s No. 249 overall recruit and No. 21 outside linebacker recruit according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
There was some mystery to where Williams would be picking today with the Sooners picking up a lot of momentum in recent days, but he will stay out west where he will be a tremendous asset to the Bruins defense where he will be coached by former 10-year NFL veteran Jeff Ulbrich.
Williams took two unofficial visits to UCLA this fall and his official visit was on the weekend of Dec. 13, his most recent, so maybe it shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise after all. UCLA moves up to No. 26 in 247Sports class rankings with the commitment of Williams.
Williams plays exceptionally well in space and his tracking and his lateral movement and his ability to pursue ball carriers and receivers at the linebacker position is as good as it gets in this class. He is a versatile player who could profile as a middle linebacker later in his career if he can put on weight and has some who feel he can be a standout safety.
He had 91 tackles this season with 14 going for loss with eight sacks and five interceptions for one of California’s top prep programs.