Orlando Evans offensive tackle Darrell Williams is finally relieved to have his recruiting process completed.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Williams committed to USF last week but was official Wednesday when he received his paperwork in the mail.
"Yep, I just got my forms back today so I'm trying to give everybody a ring back who had called me before," Williams said. "It's close to home and I'm comfortable with the coaching staff and I just pretty much liked everything I saw."
While many considered Florida State to be the team to beat, USF had been the front-runner for most of Williams' recruitment.
"USF had been at the top since early on in the summer," Williams said. "They kept telling me they had one spot left and so I kept trying to see my options and I finally decided it was time for me to commit."
Williams joins fellow metro-Orlando offensive tackle Max Lang of Boone High as a Bulls' 2011 commitment. He was also recruited heavily by South Carolina, Florida State and NC State. Williams said he had an offer from UCF, but "but didn't really talk to me that much."
Now Williams, who is ranked No. 17 in the Sentinel's 2011 Central Florida Super60 can just concentrate on his senior year. The 1-8 Trojans finish the season against Apopka on Friday.
"I don't have to worry about it anymore," Williams said of the recruiting process. "Now I just gotta keep my grades up and finish year strong and get in weight room and then start my college career."
Williams had come along a bit under the radar, but he credits head coach Carl Holden and former head coach Greg Thomas for his exposure.
"It's been a long process," he said. "I just did what I had to do along with my coaches pushing for me so that's how I got all my exposure. My former coach, coach Thompson, pushed for me a lot and called a lot of people, and then coach Holden kept contact with a lot of schools. They did a lot for me."
Williams said he will play either tackle or guard along the USF offensive front.
"It depends on how I develop," he said. "I want to get bulked up, but get bulked up the right way not just eat a lot and have all that bad weight on me and then show up and they say I gotta lose all this weight. I will have them help me bulk up the right way."
Orlando has become a sort of pipeline for linemen to USF. Besides Williams and Lang for the 2011 class, the Bulls currently have Jacob Sims of Winter Park and Jamar Bass of Apopka as starting offensive tackles.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun