Update On Athlete Williams

The running back/athlete from Bellflower St. John Bosco, <b>Derrick Williams</b>, got some exposure playing on Fox last Friday night. He gives us an update on his recruitment...

Derrick Williams, 5-11, 195, 4.5, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, got to show off his talents on both sides of the ball last Friday to a number of people who have not had the opportunity to see him play when Bosco defeated Loyola in a game televised by Fox. "Yeah, It was a fun experience," he said. "We watched it a couple of times, me and my friends and classmates. My parents have watched it a couple of times too."

As far as recruiting, most of the Pac-10 schools have continued to make contact with Williams. "Schools like UCLA, Oregon, and Arizona, to name a few. Most of the Pac-10 schools, except Stanford, that have not offered me yet tell me they want to offer me, but I'm not sure when that will happen. I still get plenty of mail as well." Williams' list of offers has remained the same and includes UCLA, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Colorado State and Vanderbilt.

At the beginning of October, Williams said he had a top three of Oregon, UCLA and Notre Dame. When asked if that was still the case, he said, "Those are schools that I plan on taking trips to definitely. I set up the Oregon trip already for the early part of December. I just have to set the other ones." Williams is still undecided on the last two trips.

The trips to local schools may be unofficial. "I was thinking about just bypassing UCLA and USC official trips since I have been to both schools many times. It would be good to just go out of town on the official trips. I want to take trips until I know pretty sure where I want to go."

Regarding a favorite school or schools, Williams said, "It used to be UCLA, but I have been advised to take it a little slower and think things out and see what's out there, because I've never really been to any other states." The advice is coming from his coaches, father and a couple of college players he knows well.

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.

Williams is fully qualified.


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