Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt athlete/wide receiver Derrick Williams, the nation's No. 1 player, has set two more official visits. Who are the lucky programs that will be hosting him?
"Derrick is going out to Southern Cal on Oct. 15 and will be visiting Oklahoma in December, most likely Dec. 3 or Dec. 10 depending on the playoffs," said Dwight Williams, Derrick's father. "He already has an official visit set with Florida on Sept. 24."
Williams has changed his final eight around a little bit as well.
"Maryland is out of the picture now and Tennessee has moved in," said Dwight. "The Maryland situation is unfortunate because my wife and I have really tried to convince Derrick to keep an open mind about Maryland despite the circumstances."
The circumstances being that Dwight was laid off by Maryland after 21 years as an assistant athletic director because of budget cuts.
"I guess it's one of those things where a kid takes it personally when a school lays off his father," said Dwight. "I'm sure Derrick is like 'you lay off my father and you want me to attend your school?' It was a constant battle to keep him interested in Maryland because we felt it still could have been a good fit for him. But Maryland is off his list now."
And why has Tennessee moved up?
"Coach Fulmer has shown that he's not afraid to play young guys with the starting of two true freshmen quarterbacks," he said. "They've also produced quite a few NFL wide receivers."
The battle for the final two official visits comes down to Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Florida State and Penn State. Are any of them a lock for the fourth?
"No, not at this time," said Dwight. "We're watching games and talking to the coaches to see where he would fit in the best. We're not sure when we'll set those last two visits up, but Derrick is going to decide in December and enroll someplace in January so we need to figure some schedules out."
Eleanor Roosevelt is 1-1 so far this season with a 14-7 loss to Severna Park in their opener and a 40-0 win over Laurel.
"Severna Park had a really good defense, they impressed me. They held Derrick to around 140 total yards and only one TD (a pass)," he said. "Against Laurel he had more than 300 total yards and scored three touchdowns so he's in the groove now."