Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt athlete Derrick Williams is the most sought after player in the nation. Williams, a dynamic playmaker, has 22 scholarship offers. Does Williams have any favorites?
"Yes, I do. I like everyone that has offered me a scholarship (laughs)," said the 6-foot-1, 187-pound athlete who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds.
Williams played quarterback and defensive back last season. On offense, Derrick threw for 800 yards and seven touchdowns. He also rushed for over 1500 yards and scored 22 touchdowns on the ground. Williams returned three punts for touchdowns. On defense, Williams had three interceptions. He returned one of the picks for a score. As shown by his impressive junior year, Derrick is quite an athlete. Where is he being recruited to play?
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"Basically, all of the teams that have offered me a scholarship are recruiting me to play wide receiver. I am offensive minded. Teams like my speed and tenacity."
Boasting scholarship offers from schools like Oklahoma, Texas, Miami, Florida, Maryland and Penn State, Derrick will have no problem finding a school that fits his needs. What does Williams look for in a school?
"Education is very important to me and my family. I would like to play early. I want to play for a solid coach that will stay at the school for as long as I am there. Comfort level is very important to me as well and so is the graduation rate of the players on the team."
Williams excels in the classroom as well as on the field. Currently, Derrick boasts a 3.43 GPA and scored 810 on the SAT.
"I am going to keep taking the SAT until I break 1000."