SEATTLE -- Washington receiver Reggie Williams will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
"I believe I'm going to be the first pick," Williams said
Monday. "I'm going to strive hard, work hard in the offseason,
preparing for the combine and the workouts I'm going to have.
Hopefully, I'm going to be the top pick."
Williams said that it was a difficult decision, but he spoke
with his family, Huskies coach Keith Gilbertson and some NFL
people, and believes it's the best decision.
"I weighed all my options," said Williams, who expects to
select an agent later this week. "I can't wait to get to the next
level, a new challenge."
Gilbertson said Williams is physically mature as well as
emotionally ready to step into the NFL. He said he'll miss
Williams, but wishes him the best.
"Do I want him to leave? Heck no. What coach would?" said
Gilbertson, who was an assistant with the Seattle Seahawks from
1996-98. "But I want what's best for Reggie and if he's ready to
go, I'm all for it."
Williams had 89 receptions this fall for the Huskies, for 1,109
yards with eight touchdowns.
In 2002, Williams set a single-season school receiving record
with 94 catches for 1,454 yards and was named first-team
All-American. He was not selected to the 2003 AP All-American team,
which was released Monday.