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The Water Dance – WB’s Pass Rush Monster Takes Waltz To Next Level, Commits To USF

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, January 31, 2022, 5:10 pm

West Bloomfield Lakers senior football star Michael Williams was a monster in the pass rush for the L-Boyz last season. You might have called him the Swampthing.

Well, he’s going to be in some familiar territory for his college ball. The L-Boyz Swampthing is heading to Florida and the land of the swamps.

After leading the MHSAA in sacks in 2021, Williams (6-3, 225) committed to the University of South Florida last week. Williams recorded 24 quarterback takedowns on a West Bloomfield club that won the OAA Red and advanced into the Division 1 regionals. As a junior, Williams helped the Lakers raise a state-championship banner.

Besides USF, Williams held offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Maryland, Cincinnati, Purdue, Syracuse, and Tennessee, among others.

USF competes out of the American Athletic Conference.

On the L-Boyz state-title team, Williams played tight end in limited snaps due to injury. His versatility sets him apart from the pack. This season, he lined up at defensive end and outside linebacker. He played inside linebacker as a sophomore and was a three-year starter.

“I get after the quarterback no matter where you put me, that’s my trademark,” Williams said, “I intend to do whatever I have to do at the next level to continue to display my motor and my ability to bring pressure in the pocket.”