Williams Still on Hold

The standout two-way, two-sport athlete from Bellflower St. John Bosco, Derrick Williams, received another offer recently, and it's convinced him more to wait on making a decision...

Derrick Williams, 5-11, 195, 4.5, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, is receiving more and more attention from recruiters since the start of his senior season. He has pulled in another offer, and believes he will hold off on a commitment for some time.

A new school has made a very favorable impression on Williams and with its scholarship offer, and as a result it has jumped into Williams top three schools. "Oregon has offered recently," he said. "Right now I am very open minded when it comes to a favorite. I can't put a favorite out there right now. My top three schools would be UCLA, Oregon and Notre Dame."

Williams has now received offers from UCLA, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Colorado State and Vanderbilt, and he is drawing the attention of a number of other schools playing the wait-and-see game through his final high school season.

He is getting many phone calls and letters, as his recruitment continues to heat up. "The top three schools recruiting me the hardest would be UCLA, Arizona and Oregon. All the coaches impress me. They all say good things. There is something I like about each of the schools showing interest in me. I just got off the phone with a couple of the coaches. Tonight I got calls from Oregon, Arizona and San Diego State."

Williams is just beginning to set his official trips. "I just set up a trip to Oregon that will be in December. We're not sure exactly what the date will be, but I definitely told them I'll be taking a trip there." As far as official visits to other schools, he is still up in the air, "I'm not sure which of the other schools will get visits yet, so I really can't set any other official trips up yet."

While the season for St. John Bosco has gotten off to a 1-2 start, Williams has picked up where he left off last season. "It's been kind of rough for the team. We lost to two of the top teams in the nation. The team in Florida we played just beat the top-rated team in Florida. Then this past weekend we lost to Los Alamitos 24-14. We lost by just ten points. We should have beaten them, but we had four turnovers. It's going real well for me. For the carries that I am getting I've done pretty well. In the Florida game I had 10 carries for 74 yards. In the second game I had 10 carries for about 150 yards. In the Los Alamitos game I had 131 yards on 15 carries, and I had four catches for 40 yards."

Williams is once again playing defensive back as well. "It's been going good on defense, but they don't come my way that much as far as passing. I've already had one interception and a couple of knockdowns this season."

As mentioned before by BRO, Williams is yet another great multi-sport athlete who is likely to be drafted pretty high in the 2003 MLB draft. He would like to play minor league ball during the summer while playing football in college. The interest of two professional organizations has caught his attention. "The Yankees and the Dodgers want me to play in some scout league games. They have been sending me letters, but I haven't had a chance yet to get out there with them. These games are a one-day workout held usually on a Saturday or a Sunday where they want you to come out, so they can work you out and see you in person."

Williams has decided he is in no hurry to rush into a commitment, as he almost did this past summer when he came close to committing to UCLA. "I am definitely going to wait until I take all my trips before I decide on a school," he said.

He is a full qualifier.

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