Williams Has Dream School

Junior running back and defensive Derrick Williams of Bellflower St. John Bosco is a player to watch, and he has a long-time favorite school...

Derrick Williams, 6-0, 200, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, is an athlete that many schools are keeping an early eye on.

Williams played both running back and cornerback for St. John Bosco last season, running for 805 yards on 95 carries (8.47 per carry average) while playing a limited amount of tailback. He also totaled 61 tackles and 3 interceptions as a corner, where he played predominantly.

"This was my first season going both ways," Williams said. "So they didn't want to rush me into getting too many carries. Overall I think I had a pretty good season."

Having consistently been clocked, he says, in the 4.4 to 4.5 range in the 40, Williams is open to being recruited as a running back or a defensive back, although he admits he prefers running back. "I think I'd like to play running back, but defensive back is okay," he said.

When it comes to having an early leader, Williams said he's had an early leader for some time. "I've been leaning toward UCLA. It's been my dream school for a while. I like the program and the school, and a couple of kids from Bosco are there now, Paul Mociler and Marcus Cassel. They say they love the program. I went to UCLA's junior day and had a great time. I got a feeling of what college life is like."

Other than UCLA, Williams said he's hearing from all of the Pac-10, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Colorado. To date, his one offer is from Colorado.

If UCLA offered, what would Williams do? "I don't know, I could commit early," he said. "But I'd like to take a little time with it, see how the summer goes, and then take it from there."

Going away to school isn't really a problem for Williams. "I dodn't think going away is a problem. I just want to find the school that's right for me. What's important is the program, academics, the location and the scenery. I want to be comfortable. My family wants me to stay in state, but they don't really have a preference."

Is he getting any pressure from the St. John Bosco community to go to UCLA? "A little bit of pressure. They want to keep the St. John Bosco-to-UCLA pipeline going. But it's not too bad."

Williams said he has a 3.2 GPA. He'll take the SAT for the first time in May, while saying he scored a 990 on the PSAT. He plans to attend the Nike Camp in Palo Alto.


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