Troy Williams, a quarterback from Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Calif., has been committed to Washington since June.
Earlier this week, though, he made it official, signing scholarship papers with UW. He will arrive in Seattle Saturday and enroll in classes Monday, becoming the first official member of the Class of 2013.
“It was real cool,” he said in a phone interview today of signing his papers. “Especially just knowing where I am going for the next four years. It was a real special moment.”
A consensus four-star recruit, Williams said it had long been the plan for him to enroll early. It was something his father — also named Troy but with a different middle initial — wanted him to do since about the eighth grade..
“He saw Matt Barkley do it and he took it as a great chance and it turned out well for Matt Barkley for the most part,” Williams said. “So he thought it would be a good idea to get up there and get used to it early.”
Barkley was able to take advantage of the surprising decision of Mark Sanchez to leave early to win the job as a true freshman and hold it for four years.
Williams will have a tougher road to immediate playing time with two-year starter Keith Price returning and three other scholarship quarterbacks on the roster in Derrick Brown. Cyler Miles and Jeff Lindquist.
The presence of five scholarship quarterbacks for the spring will make the position as deep as it has been in a long time. But Williams said “it’s going to be competition everywhere you go. I’m going to go in and try my hardest to do whatever I can and if I can’t get the starting job I will probably redshisrt and just learn from Keith and just take the whole year in, and then hopefully the next year take the job. ”
Williams said his more immediate goals are getting acclimated to college and getting ready physically for the college game. He suffered a separated throwing shoulder late in his high school season, playing a few games with the injury. He said he’s”85 to 90 percent” now, though he said he will have it checked out again when he gets to UW.
He is listed at 6-2 and said he weighs about 195 pounds and said he’d also like to put on a little weight.
“I want to get a little bigger,” he said. “So I just want to work on that and just developing my speed a little bit more and just work on the playbook a lot.”
Williams’ stock only rose during a standout senior season in which he was named the Los Angeles Times’ Back of the Year. But he said he never wavered in his commitment to UW.
“I kind of knew since I was plan on leaving early that I couldn’t really play around with my decision,” he said. “So I looked hard into it when I made my decision and whatever school I chose I wanted to stick by that.”
Among the factors that drew him to UW was the presence of some other LA-area players, including fellow Narbonne grad Sean Parker.
“I just liked the whole environment up there,” said Williams, who took his official visit to UW last month. “Everybody is friendly, the fans are great and it just feels like home being with dudes like Sean Parker and Keith Price and Corey Waller and those dudes from the LA area. I just feel at home with those dudes.”
He also said he was drawn to the offense of UW coach Steve Sarkisian “especially since I can run a little bit and use my legs whenever I want. Coach Sark. most if not every quarterback he has coached has made it to the NFL. So I just saw myself in his hands and in that system and ultimately in the NFL.”
Intriguingly, the one school that made a real late push at Williams was UCLA. One of the assistants talking to him then was Marques Tuiasosopo, who Williams now finds as his quarterback coach with the Huskies. Williams, though, said he never needed any more selling on UW.
“I kind of wanted to get out of California.” he said. “I wasn’t really too keen on staying home. They made a late push especially with (Eddie Printz Jr.) decommitting or whatever happened to him. But I stayed solid. I wasn’t wavering or anything like that. That was pretty much it.”