Noles Offer All-American Candidate

When a player has 40 scholarship offers by mid-May, we feel it's quite appropriate to label him as an All-American candidate. The Noles didn't waste any time by throwing their name in the hat along with every other Division 1 program in the country.


Derrick Williams, a wide receiver prospect from Greenbelt (MD) Eleanor Roosevelt, has the attention of almost every college program in the country, including Florida, Florida State and Miami. The big-three have all offered him a scholarship.

"I know lot about Florida," the 6-foot-0 and 193 pound standout with blazing 4.4 40-yard dash speed said. "I've talked with Coach Zook on the phone and my teammate Derrick Harvey signed with them last year. Derrick and I are great friends and he will be a factor. However, I'm still going to do what benefits me the most."

"Miami's linebacker coach came by my school and he seems to be a great guy," he said.

"Coach Lilly and Coach (Jeff) Bowden came by my school and shook my hand," he said. "I know a lot about Florida State because my brother Dominique (Williams) played for North Carolina back in 1997."

Williams told The Insiders.com that he open at the time and that he'll most likely visit all three Florida schools.

He will graduate high school in December and enroll in a school of his choice by January. His plans are to visit five schools officially in the fall before making his decision.

What is Williams looking for in a school?

"I looking for a place that I can compete early," he said. "If I work hard, I might have a chance to win the Heisman trophy and a National Championship. I also want to go someplace where the coach will stay all four years. When my brother was at North Carolina, head coach Mack Brown left early."

Williams compares his style of play to former Florida State wide receiver and current Washington Redskin standout Laveranues Coles.

"I play quarterback in high school but I line up at wide receiver in camps because that's most likely where I'll end up playing in college," Williams said. "I feel like my main strength is my speed."

What does head coach Rick Houchens think of his star pupil?

"What separates Derrick from the rest is his passion," Coach Houchens said. "He's the complete package. His family values are what do it. Derrick is hands down the best player that has come through here."

As a junior, Williams rushed for 1363 yards on 163 carries for 22 touchdowns while passing for 558 yards all as a quarterback.

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