Lake Orion senior linebacker Derric Williams committed to Eastern Michigan last week. It was Williams first offer from any school, and he says he jumped on the opportunity to play in Ypsilanti.
"At the beginning of the season they were coming up to my school and talking to me," Williams said on his recruitment. "Then at the end of last season they sat down and talked with me too. And then they just pulled the trigger (and offered)."
At 6-foot-1, 210-pounds, Williams commitment gives the Eagles nine commits in their 2013 recruiting class. Before he picked the Eagles, he was getting looked at by Saginaw Valley State, Grand Valley State, and Wayne State. However, he noted his relationship with running backs coach Mike Hart made his decision to be Green and White easier.
"Coach Hart he was with me from day one. So I kind of felt like that was good," Williams said. "And then it was close to home too. So my mom and family can come watch me play. And when I went to campus, everyone seems real nice up there. And it was a place that I would like to go.
Another huge appeal to Eastern, was their hard work playing style instilled by coach Ron English, Williams said.
"This is a program that never gives up," Williams said. "At the end of the season they were in games, that's what I like, they never give up. And they always push their kids,"
When asked to describe himself as a player, Williams said: " I'm fun. I just like to have fun when I am playing. And I play every play like it's my last. It's just fun to be out there. …I like to stop the run. It's just fun to hit people. Sometimes when I do got to drop back, I feel like I can cover good. But I still got to work on it though. That's the thing that is weakest about me right now is my coverage."
This past season Williams was named to the All-State Special Mention Team, All-OAA Team and All-Metro North Team.
"It went good," Williams said on his senior season play. "Like all the work I put in, it showed on the field. That's what my coaches always told me, ‘if you work hard it will show.' And it did this year. I feel like I did good, but there is still a lot to improve."
There is a possibility of Williams enrolling early at EMU. Although, he said he would have more details after his official visit to campus on Dec. 14. He said when he finally attends EMU, he will be open to redshirt his freshman season.
"Yeah, I am for it. I feel if that does happen, I have a year that I can work out, learn the system, and get better. And the redshirt freshman year I will be good to go. I wouldn't have to ask no questions. I can go out here and show them what I got. "