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Williams returns from Knoxville

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Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt athlete Derrick Williams took his third official visit of the recruiting year, this one to Tennessee. How did he like Knoxville?
"It was impressive, especially the Vol Walk," said the 6-foot-0, 189-pounder. "We weren't allowed to walk it with the players, but we did walk it first as recruits and there were between 30 and 40-thousand people. The game itself had 102,000 so that was impressive also."
Williams, the No. 1 player in the country, was hosted by quarterback Erik Ainge.
"He's a good guy and it was good to get to meet the person who would be getting me the ball if I went there," he said. "Tennessee has a plan for me and they laid it out for me. They need a speed received because all of their guys are big and they have a wide open attack, which is what I like. They want to throw the ball more next year and they think I can help. I spoke to coach Fulmer about it in depth."
Williams has also visited Florida and Penn State and has Oklahoma set for Dec. 10. How did Tennessee compare to his first two trips?
"They were all good, the atmosphere at all three places was impressive," he said. "The fans are great everywhere and I can't really say which crowd was the loudest so far."
The fifth visit for Williams is still up in the air. It could be to Florida State, Miami, Texas, Louisville or any other team that comes calling, including South Carolina.
"Coach Spurrier called me on Friday," he said. "He's fun to talk to because you can tell he knows so much about offense. He really wants me to visit, but we'll see. I like the offense he has played and, after all, it's coach Spurrier, but I'm taking it slow."
Williams plans to announce his decision on Dec. 22. He has a busy week ahead of him this week.
"The Bowdens come in on Monday from FSU and then I leave for Atlanta on Tuesday to do the Fox show Wednesday (Countdown To Signing Day)," he said. "Friday Mack Brown will be coming in and Sunday the Tennessee coaches will be in home. It's getting crazy."
Does Williams have a leader at this point?
"No, I can honestly say all my schools are still in it."
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