Cornerbacks coach Donte’ Williams was recently named the best recruiter in the Pac-12 and now he will be leaving to take a job at USC. This news has been rumored for a couple of days, but Bruce Feldman of The Athletic has reported that the move is happening.
SOURCES: #Oregon CB coach Donte Williams is expected to become the new corners coach & Pass Game Coordinator at #USC, sources tell me and @AntonioCMorales. Williams was 247Sports’ No. 7 ranked recruiter in the country this year. Big move by the Trojans staff and their new brass.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 10, 2020
This is a big-time pickup for Clay Helton and the USC football program. The struggles on the recruiting trail for USC this season were well talked about with them finishing with a historically bad class, especially considering the talent hotbed that their campus is located in.
Williams has also been good in player development in the secondary in his two seasons at Oregon. Both his ability to recruit and his ability to develop players should play a huge role going forward for the USC program as a whole in recruiting, and then the play in the secondary.
For Oregon, this is a brutal loss. The aforementioned recruiting ability and player development ability has played a big role in Oregon improving on defense, and continuing to bring in talent on defense at the rate they’ve been able to do, including three five-star prospects this past recruiting cycle.
Oregon is going to need to make a good move to replace Williams because he was a valuable member of the staff.
Expect Mario Cristobal to bring someone in who can recruit, but it’s also important for him to bring someone in who knows how to develop players.
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