2014 Colorado football target David "Dae Dae" Williams might be a mild-mannered, straight-A student in the classroom, but on the field he's a "violent" safety who enjoys coming down hill and crushing the ball carrier.
Williams told Buffzone in a recent interview that Colorado has been recruiting him the hardest and he's set for an official visit to Boulder next month.
CU safeties coach Charles Clark is leading the pitch for the Buffs with the Los Angeles product and the two speak on the phone at least once or twice a week.
"I take my visit on January 18," Williams said, adding he can handle the cold coming off the Flatirons.
"I'd rather play in the cold than in the heat. I can deal with it. The coldest I've probably played in was 40-something, but I think I can play in cold weather, especially playing safety," Williams continued, noting he'll bring a winter coat for his visit.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound athlete from Dorsey High School lined at wide receiver, safety and played on special teams during his senior season.
Williams says he'll likely lace up his cleats in the secondary at the collegiate level.
"Actually I don't have a preference, but in college I think I'm going to play safety, because that's what I'm being recruited the most at," he said.
Dorsey was eliminated from the CIF Los Angeles City Section Football Playoffs following a 58-12 loss to Crenshaw on Nov. 22. Williams' team went 7-5 and the CU target excelled in his final prep campaign.
"I know I had nine touchdowns (as a receiver) and then I had three picks and I probably had about 60-something tackles (as a safety)," Williams said. "It's a lot of work, I played both ways and special teams, but it was worth it."
Williams hits the books just as hard as he hits opposing players. He hopes to work in a sports-related field when his playing days are over.
"When I grow up I want to be something like a sports agent, I don't know what major that is, I've got to look into that," the young man with a 4.0 GPA said.
While his recruiting process nears the finish line, Williams has favorites, but his academic future sets the precedent on where he'll attend college.
"I just want to make sure that the education part is there, because that's first and foremost to me," he said. "Then I want to make sure that it's a good place I can live, environment, family background and all that stuff."
Back to football: When you think of Williams on the field, think of vintage Ed Reed.
"I like to play safety like really violent," Williams said of his playing style. "I like to come up on runs, finish it off, run that alley. Also I like to have range, go get that ball."
"I watch film of Ed Reed, I watch Ed Reed all the time. I also watch Sean Taylor," he continued.
Williams said his decision would likely come down to San Jose State, which he officially visited this past weekend, or Colorado. He said his official with the Spartans went very well and he liked it a lot. He also hopes to line up a Yale trip and potentially visit Colorado State when he's in the Centennial State.
According to Rivals, Williams holds offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Hawaii, Idaho, North Dakota, San Jose State and Yale.
What do those seven offers mean to Williams?
"It just means that all my hard work is paying off," he said. "All the work I put in over the offseason, summer, everything, it's just all starting to pay off."
Williams kept up with the Buffs throughout their 2013 campaign and he liked what he saw from head coach Mike MacIntyre's squad.
"Actually, I feel real good about the Buffaloes, I can't wait to come out there," he said. "I've been watching a few games and stuff so I think I can really help that program."
Following official visits, Williams will hit the track for Dorsey where he runs the 400 meters and participates in the long jump. He'll also continue working out to prepare for college football.
For this potential Buff, though, a 4.0 GPA is more important than a 40-yard dash time.
"I don't know my 40-time, I haven't ran the 40 since like eighth grade," Williams said of the beloved metric for recruiting fans.
"A lot of people get into that, I think football is way more than just a 40-yard dash. The 40 is good for explosiveness and stuff like that, but I think it's just way more than a 40. I think people get way too excited over a 40."
Williams hasn't been to Colorado yet, but said, "I've heard it was pretty nice out there." He'll get a chance to see just how nice Boulder is next month.
If Williams ends up with the Buffs, their annual academic performance ranking is sure to rise. From a football standpoint, it also wouldn't hurt for CU to add another big safety to its 2014 recruiting class.