Derrick Williams burns up Virginia Combine!

With the nation's #1 prospect -- <b>Derrick Williams</b> -- in attendance, GoBlueWolverine could not resist flying a correspondent over to today's (Sunday's) Virginia Nike Camp to closely observe and talk to him and his coach. Here is our correspondent's first hand report.

After actually being able to coach Derrick Williams (from Greenbelt, Md., Roosevelt) during the day, our corresponent gave us this report:

"Everyone knew who Derrick Williams was when the camp started, and all eyes were on him. Was he really as good as all of his publicity?

"The answer -- YES! Was he the top guy there? Once again - YES!

"Derrick measured 5-11 1/2 and 185 lbs. And on a slow track he ran two blistering 40 heats of 4.3 and 4.31 seconds! And he had a 32 inch vertical jump. He's not a real big kid, but he is fast, quick, and strong!

"And in the QB-WR-DB drills he stood out as well. The defensive backs all knew who Derrick was, and so he was getting held and interfered with pretty much every time he ran a route. But even so -- he fought his way open, got separation, and caught the ball.

"Derrick is a super kid as well. He told me he was not going to any college camps this summer because he was going to go to summer school. But not because he has grade problems -- he has a 3.7 GPA. It's because he wants to graduate early and enter college in January so he can go through spring practice next spring.

"Derrick told me, 'I have no favorites, no top 5 at this point. I have around 35 offers to sort through. I do have an interest in Michigan.'

"I also happened to be sitting next to Derrick's coach at lunch, and he told me, 'Derrick and I do like (his Michigan recruiter, wide receiver coach) Erick Campbell.'

"Derrick's coach also told me that Derrick would be playing quarterback for his team this year -- they'd be running a wing-T offense to get the ball in Derrick's hands in as many different situations as possible. And he said that as far as what position Derrick would play in college, 'He could play defensive back just as easily as wide receiver."

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