Terrence Williams

Terrence Williams runs back on a punt during Dunbar's win over Edmondson Oct. 8. Williams intercepted nine passes for the Class 1A state champions this fall. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun / October 8, 2011)

Some colleges sell recruits on their intricate schemes and innovative game plans.

For Dunbar senior cornerback Terrence Williams, it was a matter of finding a program that would keep things nice and simple.

"Just let me lock up and play ball," he said.

With its 4-3, pro-style defense and its propensity to play man coverage, UTEP is the school Williams feels will let him do just that.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound All-Metro second-team selection committed to the Miners last week and plans to make his first visit to the campus next month.

Dunbar coach Lawrence Smith said "it's a good fit" for Williams, who had nine interceptions for the Class 1A champion Poets this year and returned three for touchdowns.

Williams said UTEP's defense most closely resembles the ones used by the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings, which is no coincidence considering Miners defensive coordinator Andre Patterson was an assistant coach for both those teams. Patterson -- the coach who recruited Williams -- also previously worked for Dallas, New England and Cleveland.

"It's based off pro [defenses], and most of the coaches have been in the league or coached in the NFL, and that's what I want to do," Williams said.

Williams -- who also played receiver and running back and returned kicks for Dunbar -- noted that the opportunity to compete for playing time as a freshman was another factor in his decision. He also had scholarship offers from Toledo and Youngstown State.

UTEP finished 5-7 this fall in its eighth season under head coach Mike Price.