Recruiting: Derrick Williams Still Has A Long List No. 1 player in the nation, Derrick Williams, popped off 12 teams that he is seriously considering, down from the 15 he said he had earlier. Also, we grab some info from him on the in-state Maryland Terrapins, Big 12 South top dogs Oklahoma and Texas, plus a lot more...

Asked who makes up his favorites for the thousandth time, Derrick Williams offered up his top dozen teams...

"USC, Penn State, Florida, Florida State, N.C. State, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and Ohio State," he said.

That's 12, down from 15. But what exactly is he looking for in a program that will house and nurture him for the next 3-4 years?

The last time I spoke to the superstar from Greenbelt, Md., Williams said he was looking for a passing conference/passing offense.

"As a receiver, I think I have to look at stuff like that," he explained. "Some consider me the top player in the country. And I'd really like to go out of college the same way as I came in."

While the 5-star prep from Roosevelt High admitted style of offense is something he will weigh, and where he fits in best will also factor considerably.

"I could go to China if I thought it was the right fit," Williams joked. "Really, I'll know more after I take my official visits. I want to take all five."

"This is a big decision and my parents will have a lot of say," Williams added. "Their say will be 80 percent. Mine, only 20 percent."

Has he decided on any officials?

"I'm going to wait until September, listen to the coaches a few more times, then I'll begin narrowing it down."

Dean: Are you receiving any pressure from the natives to stay home and ink with Ralph Friedgen and Gang?

Williams: I'm really not getting any pressure to stay in state. Maryland is a basketball state. People don't even know I'm a top football prospect. So there hasn't been any pressure. If I was the top basketball player in the country, then people might know me.

Dean: You have a couple of Big 12 South programs on your list, Texas and Oklahoma. Talk a little bit about the Longhorns.

Williams: I've been to UT before and it's just a beautiful place. I know Mack Brown and I like him a lot. He recruited my brother at North Carolina. They're creative in the way they recruit me.

Dean: And the Sooners?

Williams: Just a great football program, with nice tradition and great coaches. They send a lot players to the NFL and have a good educational system.

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