King and Williams Honored

This week <i>Parade Magazine</i> will feature its annual All-American list, which highlights who it considers to be the best college football prospects in the nation.

The Nittany Lions are proud to have two members of this year's recruiting class on that list with Justin King and Derrick Williams.

Justin King

King, a 6-0, 180-pound, 4.40/40 cornerback/wide receiver/ running back from Monroeville, Pa. (Gateway) is no stranger to honors. Just last week King (left, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) was featured in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game on NBC.

A Scout five-star prospect, he is considered the No. 1 CB prospect nationally. He has also been honored as a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 Squad selection, a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 Team selection and a Pennsylvania AAAA first-team All-State selection.

He has over 4,000 high school career rushing yards and rushed for 1,352 and 23 touchdowns this past season. He also caught six tosses for 155 yards and three touchdowns in 2004.

King had a myriad of offers for schools like Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa, West Virginia, Boston College and Pitt.

Derick Williams

Williams, a 6-0, 189-pound, 4.31/40 wide receiver from Greenbelt (Eleanor Roosevelt High), Md., is another nationally ranked prospect who is no stranger to honors.

Considered by many as the No. 1 overall prospect nationally, Williams (right, Washington Informer) was a USA Today Super 25 Prospect this season and also named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, although he opted not to participate.

This past season he rolled up more than 3,000 yards of total offense at both quarterback and wide reciever. He also rushed for 1,123 yards and passed for 982 yards this year. If that was not enough, when he had time to line up at receiver he pulled in over 400 yards through the air.

Williams also had a ton offers to choose from, including those from Texas, Tennessee, Florida and Oklahoma.

Both Williams and King are current enrolled at Penn State and taking classes.

Other Prospects of Interest

Other prospects named to the Parade All-American Team that may be of interest to Lion fans include:

  • Jason Gwaltney
  • Melvin Alaeze
  • Fred Rouse
  • Marques Slocum
  • Brian Cushing


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