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Change in plans for Derrick Williams

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Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt athlete Derrick Williams was set for his official visit to Texas this weekend, but plans changed at the last second. Does this leave Texas out in the cold?
"We decided not to make the trip this weekend," said the 6-foot-0, 189-pounder. "After Tennessee last weekend, our trip to Atlanta this week and everything, we decided to take a week off an relax a bit. We're going to Oklahoma next weekend (Dec. 10) and then we'll do the Texas visit probably the middle of the week after that."
However, with the change of plans things have opened up a bit for other schools to push for that last trip.
"Coach Spurrier was supposed to be in yesterday, but he said he'll be in next week because he had a travel change," said Williams. "I'm interested in hearing what he has to say. We almost decided on Florida State for this weekend's visit, so I'm sure they'll be coming at us next week."
But the biggest news for the Williams family was the hiring of Urban Meyer as head coach on Friday.
"That puts Florida right back up there," he said. "Coach Meyer runs a fun offense, he likes to throw the ball and he's a players coach from what I hear. I also think that means coach Locksley (recruiting coordinator and former Maryland coach) will stay there now as well. I haven't heard from coach Meyer yet, but Locks was up here Thursday."
The Williams family has ties to the Oklahoma area, something that could bode well for the Sooners.
"My mom has family out there and she'll be heading out early next week to visit and we'll catch up," he said. "I'm looking forward to seeing how I fit in there."
Williams has already been to Florida, Penn State and Tennessee.
"I liked all three for different reasons and they're all up there," he said. "Florida is back in now with the new coach, Penn State is a place I could try to help turn around and Tennessee is close enough to home and is an SEC power. All three have great fan support as well."
Coach Fulmer from Tennessee will be in to visit Williams on Sunday and Spurrier arrives next week.
"Beyond that I don't know," he laughed. "Coach Bowden was here last week and coaches just show up. My dad and coach Rick (Houchens) help take care of that."
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