Williams Returns from Visit

The running back prospect from Bellflower St. John Bosco, <b>Derrick Williams</b>, returns from his official visit to UCLA and talks about where he is in making a decision...

Derrick Williams, 6-0, 200, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, did not commit to the Bruins this weekend, but said he had a great time visiting UCLA officially and that he and his parents came away from the trip very impressed with the new coaching staff and the direction of the program.


Williams has been to UCLA many times, but said he picked up a great deal of information from the coaches on this official visit. "It was really cool. I had a great chance to sit down with the coaches. You know, I learned a lot this weekend about the program and which direction it is going in," Williams said.


This was the first time Williams had the opportunity to sit down with head coach Karl Dorrell face to face. "Coach Dorrell is a great guy. Coach Bieniemy is a real cool guy. They are very up-beat and excited to be starting something at UCLA."


Williams is looking at three schools – UCLA, Cal and Arizona. Has UCLA gone to the top of his list? "They are right there. After this weekend I want to sit down and think about which school I really want to go to. The reason why I narrowed it down to these three schools is because I am looking for a program willing to change and on the verge of rising. I see the direction that all these programs are going, and I like the way it looks."


Asked what was the best part of the trip, Williams said, "Probably when we had dinner, and other times we ate, we had the chance to sit down and talk with all the coaches. The new coaches are all great. They seem very easy to get along with. My parents got to join us for the meals, and they were there at the Rose Bowl too."


His parents had the opportunity to ask plenty of questions to the new coaches. "We sat down and discussed a lot with the coaches. My parents were very impressed by the new staff. My Dad was really impressed by coach Dorrell and coach Bieniemy."


Williams also mentioned that the trip to the Rose Bowl was fun. "We walked on the field and they announced my name and put me up on the big screen. We toured the stadium and the locker room facilities. It was all nice." Williams was hosted by his former teammate at St. John Bosco, UCLA cornerback Marcus Cassel.


Will Williams be making a decision this week? "Yeah, I think I am, because I will finally have time to sit down and think and look at each school piece by piece." Williams intends to have in-home visits with Dorrell and with Cal head coach Jeff Tedford early this week before making a decision

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