Williams Still Has Favorite

Derrick Williams, the two-way standout from Bellflower St. John Bosco, still has the same, long-time favorite school at the top of his list, but he says he wants to take some trips before he commits...

Derrick Williams, 5-11, 195, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, said that UCLA is still his favorite, despite receiving more recruiting interest since a few good performances this spring.

Williams had a very good Palo Alto Nike Camp, where he ran a 4.5 flat in the 40, 4.13 in the 20-yard shuttle, jumped 30.3 in the vertical, and did an impressive 21 reps on the bench. He also looked very good in the running back drills – big and quick.

Because of that camp, Williams' recruitment picked up. He has been offered scholarships by UCLA, Arizona, Colorado, Colorado State and Vanderbilt. He's also getting recruited seriously by Nebraska, Cal and Notre Dame.

He's being recruited for both sides of the ball – as a running back and a defensive back. Last season he ran for 805 yards, but averaged over 8 yards a carry, while he had 61 tackles and three interceptions on defense.

He reiterated that UCLA was his dream school growing up. "I've been a UCLA fan for a long time," he said. "I grew up watching them. So I was excited when they offered."

He had also said at one point that if UCLA offered, he'd probably commit, but he's reconsidered. "I like UCLA, they're my favorite, but I think it's smart to take some trips. I'll probably come to a decision then."

Coming from St. John Bosco, that is somewhat of a UCLA pipeline, Williams said that he gets some pressure to go to UCLA. "Everyone is pretty nice. I get some pressure, but not that much. I'm going to go with my heart and pick the best school for me."

Williams said he has a 3.0 GPA and a 980 SAT.

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