REC: America's top athlete has ties to Oklahoma

Maryland athlete Derrick Williams, who close to 35 offers, talks about his interest in Oklahoma, his ties to the Sooner state and the idea of playing in the same offense with Rhett Bomar and Adrian Peterson.


Ladies and Gentleman meet the player considered the No. 1 offensive talent in the country. Derrick Williams plays quarterback on the prep level, but all college coaches project him primarily as a wide receiver.

"I have not received any offers as a running back," said Williams. "Most of the offers have been at wide receiver and I have received a few at quarterback. Right now I am just offensive-minded. I am not sure if I want to play quarterback or wide receiver in college, but right now I am sure that I want to the ball in my hands."

Williams' best asset is his speed as he has posted a 40-yard best time of 4.25 and a 10.6 100M time. Williams goes into his senior year a rare four-year starter (started at cornerback his freshman season). Williams then added wide receiver (40 catches, 700, 6 TDs) to his cornerback (2 INTs) duties during his sophomore season. Then last season, Williams moved to quarterback where he rushed for 1,600 yards rushing out of the wing-T and 22 rushing touchdowns. He threw for 800 yards and put eight more touchdowns on the board.

Throw in three punt returns for touchdowns, despite the fact he rarely gets a ball kicked to him. When he does get the ball he averages close to 50 yards a return. He returns kickoffs as well and actually got a chance to return four for close to 200 yards in returns.

Williams will play quarterback, cornerback and return punts and kickoffs this year. He can bench 330 pounds, squats 350 and he has a vertical of 34 inches. Williams also runs track and participates in 200M (21.7) and 400M (48.5). Williams will go the Nike combine at the University of Virginia this weekend and he hopes to bench 185 pounds 30 times.

Last year, as a sophomore, he benched 185 times 18 times. Williams has just received his 34th and 35th offer today from Nebraska and Pittsburgh.

"Right now everything is new because coaches can't talk to recruits yet," said Williams. "I will have a better chance to narrow things down when I get a chance to talk to the coaches. I really don't have any favorites, because when I was a kid I watched everybody. In my situation, if I just want to get better I can go to any college and play.

"I want to go somewhere where I can go in and compete. I want a program with a good graduation rate and I want a program where the environment is good and the players are treated very well."

Williams admits he has heard from Oklahoma and they have told him they are sending an offer (OU has already sent it to his coach), but he has not received it at this time. But he has an interest in the Sooners.

"Yes, sir. I sure do most definitely have an interest in Oklahoma," said Williams. "I like the coaching staff. They have a tradition of winning and they have a great environment at OU," said Williams. "I know what Oklahoma is all about. I have family in Oklahoma (all on mom's side) and my mom grew up in Oklahoma and went to Douglas High School. Both my mother and father went to Langston University. So, I have always liked Oklahoma and I have always had a great interest in Oklahoma.

"Oklahoma is looking at me more as a receiver and I don't mind playing that position for them. I know they have just signed the No. 1 running back in Adrian Peterson and I know they have just signed the No. 1 quarterback in Rhett Bomar. They are going to have a nice balanced offense and that would be fun to be a part of."

Williams is also going to Elite 100 camp in New Jersey, but he probably won't go to any summer camps because he is enrolling in summer school so that he can graduate early and then enroll in college a semester early. However, he says that he will try to work in a couple of days at the OU camp.

He just returned from the San Antonio All American Combine put on the Army and sponsored by Reebok. Williams ran 4.3 on a slow track and came away disappointed in his time. On the trip to San Antonio the family stopped off in Oklahoma City and spent the night with an aunt.

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