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Jamaal Williams, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound running back from Summit High in Fontana, Calif., has committed to play football for BYU.
Williams visited BYU for last month's Junior Day activities and committed to BYU coaches on Wednesday evening. He also had offers from Boise State, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico and San Diego State, according to Scout.com.
Williams rushed for 717 yards and 11 touchdowns on 93 attempts as a junior while sharing time with All-American senior Devon Blackmon, who signed with Oregon in February.
The non-LDS athlete carries a 3.3 GPA. He also paid his own way for visits to Boise State and San Diego State.
Two of BYU's top three running backs J.J. DiLuigi and Bryan Kariya will be seniors this fall, and Williams is expected to compete right away for playing time alongside sophomore Joshua Quezada.
Williams' pledge means BYU now has 13 commitments from members of the class of 2012, although Davis High lineman Zach Lindsay is said to be wavering on his commitment made months ago.
BYU also recently received commitments from two high school juniors members of the class of 2013. Linebacker Trajan Pili of Las Vegas (Centennial High) and safety Dallin Leavitt of Portland (Central Catholic High) have said they will sign with the Cougars in 2013.