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Donte Williams expected to be named Trojans new cornerbacks coach/passing game coordinator

Oregon defensive back coach and ace recruiter Donte Williams is expected to be announced as the Trojans new cornerbacks coach and passing game coordinator, according to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, along with other multiple sources.   

The hiring of Williams, who has SoCal roots having played his prep ball at Culver City High where he was a three-time All-Bay League selection, is considered a Trojans major hire, as he is considered one of the elite recruiters in the country and arguably the best in the Pac-12 conference. Oregon finished first in Pac-12 Class of 2020 recruiting. Of note, Williams was the lead recruiter for prep All-America linebacker Justin Flowe, highly-touted receiver Kris Hutson, and was also credited with for landing five-star cornerback Dontae Manning.  

Williams replaces former Trojans DB coach Greg Burns, who was recently fired.

Donte Williams joined the Ducks in January 2018 as the cornerbacks coach on Mario Cristobal’s staff.

(UPDATED) One of Williams main reasons for making the move from Oregon to USC was due to family considerations. In a social media explanation, he wrote, “But due to my father’s aging/failing health, I’m lucky Coach Helton and Mr. Bohn are giving me an opportunity to come home and make a decision where I can put my immediate family first and become head of MY household. With that all being said, it’s time to take back THE WEST. FIGHT ON”
 
Williams has spent coaching time at Nebraska, Arizona, and San Jose State, where he began his coaching career at the D-1 level. For his recruiting work at San Jose State in 2015, Sports Illustrated named Williams a top 10 recruiter in college football. He was also named the top recruiter in the Mountain West Conference in 2014 by 247Sports.

He started his career as the secondary coach at Los Angeles Harbor College before working in the same position at El Camino College (2008) and Mount San Antonio College (2009). Williams spent the 2010 season as a quality control coach at Nevada assisting with linebackers.
 
Williams graduated from Idaho State in 2006 where he served as defensive team captain.

The Trojans are still looking into filling the defensive line coach position, the lone position void to be filled, but that announcement could also be eminent.



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Now in his 58th season of either writing, broadcasting, or just plain watching USC football, WeAreSC columnist Greg Katz began his affiliation with the website back in 2001, introducing his well-received O/NSO (The Obvious/The Not So Obvious) column and later adding his respected IMHO Sunday opinion and tidbits column. Greg, a former ESPN.com college football staff writer covering USC, is also a member of the Football Writer's Association of America. He is also known in Southern California as a professional public address announcer, having called the the 1996 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Northwestern. Greg also holds a master's degree in athletic administration and was a former varsity high school coach of 27 years.


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