WR Makes Surprise Decision

Maryland WR Deyon Williams surprised many by committing to Virginia Sunday night. He had previously been leaning to Penn State. What changed his mind?

Name: Deyon Williams
Position: WR
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 182 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.39
School: Forestville HS, Suitland, Md.

"I committed to Virginia Sunday night," Deyon said.  "I talked to Al Groh, the head coach.  Basically, I was pleased with what the coach had to say about the academic support and everything they had to offer there.  They talked to me about the SAT and what would happen if I didn't get [a qualifying score].  I'm pretty close though, so I'm pretty sure I'm going to get it."

Deyon received calls from several schools this month with the notable exception of Penn State.

"They haven't called me.  I haven't received a phone call from them.  The last time I talked to them was in July for a junior day.  They have sent mail.

"Virginia has been sending me more personal, hand-written letters.  They seem more interested and like they care more.  I had a real good relationship with the coaches, talking to them and I really haven't talked to any of the Penn State coaches like that."

Deyon is planning to attend Virginia's game against Clemson.

"I'll probably be one of the receivers that [Coach Groh] will play early.  Hopefully, I'll come in and make a great impact my freshman year.  The freshmen he played on Saturday night seem pretty good.  In my freshman or sophomore year, we should be able to win the championship."


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