The Top Army Combine Star Likes Michigan

This time it's the player who Tom Lemming told us was considered the top performer overall! At the Combine we spoke to him, and we followed that up with a call today (his school has the day off).

The prospect: wideout/cornerback Derrick Williams from Greenbelt, Md., Roosevelt, whose US Army Combine Stats were: 5-11 1/2, 185 lbs., 4.41 in the 40, 31 inch vertical jump.

At the Combine we talked to several kids/coaches/parents who came over to see us when they heard we were reporters for a Michigan magazine. We took this for legitimate Michigan interest. One of them was Williams.

Recruiting is very early for Derrick, but one of the reasons we're covering him here is because he is one of USA Today's Top Ten Juniors, and that's not all (you'll see below).

We chatted with Derrick today since his school has the day off. First off he told us:

"Yes sir, I do have serious interest in Michigan. Definitely."

Do you have a list of favorites?

"I don't have a top five yet. I'm open to everyone."

So who has been in contact with you?

"Well, I've been getting mail from Michigan since the US Army Combine. Florida has sent me the most mail (Williams' teammate DE Derrick Harvey signed with Florida this week). And I have one offer-letter, from Tennessee."

During ESPN's Signing Day coverage two days ago, Williams was on to accept their award as ESPN's Junior of the Year. "Yeah, that was real exciting, to be named the top junior!"

Williams had a monster junior season. He recorded 27 touchdowns and 2,910 yards in total offense; as a cornerback he had three interceptions even though teams didn't throw his way. Roosevelt went 12-1 team, losing only in the 4-A (largest class) State Semifinals. Williams was first team Maryland All State as as cornerback.

If that's was not enough, Williams was named one of the 2003 Nike Camps' top four "Athletes" overall!

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