Football Recruiting Roundup
University of Maryland head football coach Ralph Friedgen has done a great job rebuilding the Maryland program since he took over in 2000, and he's turned the Terps into one of the top teams in the nation.
But the Terrapins have had trouble in recent years of keeping top Maryland recruits in state. Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.) defensive end Victor Abiamiri signed with Notre Dame in 2003 and Eleanor Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.) defensive end Derrick Harvey signed with Florida in 2004.
Unfortunately, this year looks no different for the Terps: Eleanor Roosevelt athlete Derrick Williams, who's rated the No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com, left Maryland off his recently narrowed list of schools.
According to The Washington Post, Williams has narrowed his choices down to Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas, USC and Virginia. He told SchoolSports this past summer that he plans on graduating in December, so a commitment could come within the next couple of months.
Williams plays quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back and return man for Eleanor Roosevelt, but he's likely to play wide receiver at the college level.
In his first two games this fall, Williams has rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries, caught two passes for 32 yards and a touchdown, and completed 11-of-22 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns while leading Eleanor Roosevelt to a 1-1 record.
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Over the last several years, Virginia Tech has produced such stud running backs as Lee Suggs of the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions rookie Kevin Jones. Next on the list could be Phoebus (Hampton, Va.) running back Elan Lewis, who committed to the Hokies last weekend.
Lewis is rated the No. 29 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. The 5-foot-8, 195-pounder rushed for 2,472 yards and 37 touchdowns on 258 carries last year while setting a Group 3A single-season scoring record with 242 points. He rushed for 103 yards on 24 carries in Phoebus' season-opening 23-7 win over Woodrow Wilson this year. …
Two players who have made their case as possible Top 100 candidates before the year is over are Lockport (Lockport, Ill.) senior quarterback Jake Christensen and Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) senior quarterback Joe Cox.
Christensen, who has committed to Iowa and whose father is former NFL quarterback Jeff Christensen, has passed for 872 yards and 16 touchdowns in his first three games this fall. He tied a state record by throwing for seven touchdown passes in a win over Bolingbrook (Ill.).
Cox, who has committed to Georgia, tied a state record by tossing eight touchdowns in a win over East Mecklenburg and has thrown 11 TD passes in his first two games.