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November 12, 2004

Tennessee is next for nation's No. 1

After official visits to Florida and Penn State, Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt athlete Derrick Williams can now focus on his senior season and the playoffs before his next official visit. However, his trip to Tennessee is on his mind as well.

"The playoffs start this weekend and we play Flowers in the first round, so that's where my focus is," said the 6-foot-0, 189-pounder. "My next official visit will probably be a mid-week one to Tennessee in early December. That's the plan right now."

And after that?

"After that it's Oklahoma and then most likely Texas," said the nation's No. 1 player. "Florida State is in there as well, but if I visit Oklahoma, I have to visit Texas. That's just the way I see it."

Williams will likely announce his decision the week of Dec. 20 on one of the ESPN networks. His visit to Penn State is more than a week old now, but he's still excited about it.

"Penn State was really good," he said. "Florida was really good as well, but we have to wait and see what they're going to do about a coach. They might not have anything set by the time I decide. I hope they do though, because I'd like to be able to consider every school I took an official visit to."

Williams said that most schools have had their head coaches do much of the recruiting now.

"It's pretty much been turned over to the head man, except at Florida where I talk with coach Locksley," he said. "To be honest, they all say the same thing anyhow and all sound about the same. It's a situation where they've told me what they have to offer, how I can fit in and all that around 20 times. I can't really pick one head coach over another, they're all good."

Williams led his team to a come-from-behind win this past weekend. Trailing 13-0, he took over at quarterback (he had been on the wing in the team's Wing-T offense) and led his team to a 21-20 win by accounting for all three scores. He ran for 115 yards and two scores and threw for 120 and another touchdown.

"It was fun to lead a comeback like that," he said. "I'd rather play on the outside if I can, but we need to win them all from here on out so I'll play wherever."



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