Commit USC linebacker Dylan Williams to accept UCLA Football offer

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The Bruins are pushing to turn a Trojan across town.

Class of 2024 linebacker Dylan Williams, who signed to USC on April 11, received a scholarship offer from UCLA football on Wednesday, he announced on Twitter. Williams is entering his first year at Long Beach Poly (CA) and is already considered one of the best linebackers in Southern California and the country.

Williams has also received offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Florida State, Miami, Michigan State, Nevada, from Oregon State, San Jose State, TCU and Utah before committing to USC, who offered him in January.

Williams hails from the same high school as former UCLA tight end and current Green Bay Packers veteran Marcedes Lewis. UCLA men’s basketball had two Long Beach Poly alumni on the roster last year, but Peyton Watson and Myles Johnson left Westwood earlier this offseason.

The Bruins had targeted another Long Beach Poly product on the front grill Williams, but Class of 2023 cornerback Daylen Austin signed to LSU on May 17.

Williams is currently a member of a USC recruiting class of 2024 that ranks No. 3 in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite. Calabasas (CA) defensive back Aaron Butler is the highest-ranked member of the future Trojans class, while Williams’ teammate at Long Beach Poly, wide receiver Jason Robinson rounds out the star-studded group.

That didn’t stop newly hired linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. from getting involved, though. Norton, though he was an All-American linebacker at UCLA in the 1980s, landed his first coaching job at USC and was on the defensive team there from 2004-2009. .

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Norton has already rocked the commitments of a class of 2023 linebacker — St. John Bosco (CA) prospect Ty Lee — since taking the job in February. He’s also set to seal the deal with another, as the state’s top-ranked linebacker Tre Edwards announces his commitment Friday with plenty of buzz that he could pick the Bruins.

Williams ranks on par with Edwards, earning four stars from 247Sports, Rivals and On3. Williams is the No. 16 linebacker in the nation and No. 16 rookie in California, according to the 247Sports Composite, also slipping into the top 200 in his class at No. 195.

At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Williams has 48 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, two passes defended and two fumble recoveries in 12 games for Long Beach Poly in 2021. Williams has turned that second successful campaign in an appearance at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January, where he ran a 4.67-second sprint for 40 yards and further expanded his recruiting.

UCLA has Darius Muasau, Kain Medrano and Ale Kaho as veteran, standout linebackers for the upcoming season, but none of them will wear blue and gold by 2024. Even young backups JonJon Vaughns, Damian Sellers, Jeremiah Trojan and Choe Bryant-Strother would enter their super senior years at that time, leaving St. John Bosco 2022 signee Jalen Woods as the only long-term locked piece.

The Bruins don’t have a single commitment in 2024, at linebacker or any other position. Williams is the 13th player in his class to receive an offer from UCLA, all of whom are four- or five-star prospects.

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