The recruiting saga of Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt athlete Derrick Williams is almost over. The 6-foot-0, 189-pounder took his last official visit, to Texas, from Monday to Wednesday. Having touched down at the airport in Baltimore, Williams shared his thoughts.
"It's going to be a hard decision," said the nation's No. 1 player. "All my visits went well, including Texas. They showed me a good time and, even though they brought in a bunch of receivers last year and have a bunch on the roster, they have a good plan in mind for me."
Williams was hosted by one of the wideouts, freshman Nate Jones.
"Nate was cool, we hung out most of the time and I got to meet a lot of the players," he said. "I didn't get to really talk to Vincent Young though. But Mack Brown told me some good things. It's also a really nice campus in a great city and the facilities are very impressive."
Williams has now been to Florida, Penn State, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Texas and those are the final five.
"Coach Petrino wanted to come in from Louisville, but I can't picture myself choosing a school without visiting," he said. "Coach (Urban) Meyer is my home tonight and I'm not sure if Mack Brown will be in. Those are the only coaches left as far as head coaches. Mack wants to come in Thursday or Friday, but I don't know. We might be in decision mode by then."
Williams will be on ESPNews on Thursday via telephone to talk about his Oklahoma and Texas visits as well as the decision-making process. His commitment will be aired on ESPNews at 3:30PM EST on Wednesday, Dec. 22. So has he narrowed it down at all?
"Nope, not a bit," he said. "I planned on taking all five visits and then sitting down with my family and coach Rick (Houchens) and then narrow things down. Thursday through the decision date will be family time. We won't be talking to anyone else."
Williams is set to enroll at the school of his choice in January. He wants many things out of a school.
"Comfort level, talented players, good academics, the chance to play early and to make an impact," he said. "Those are a few of them. It's a long list and it will be tough to decide which school offers me the most."