Nation’s Top Player Trims List, Sets Visit

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Eleanor Roosevelt (Greenbelt, MD) wide receiver Derrick Williams is slowly but surely narrowing down his long list of schools. Last night, Williams said he is down to around 10 schools. He had cut his list to 14 in July.

“Really, it’s around 10 schools,” Williams said. “Florida, Florida State, Southern Cal, Penn State, Virginia, Maryland, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Texas and Virginia Tech.”

One official visit has been set up as well. Derrick will go down to the University of Florida on the weekend on September 24th. The Gators host Kentucky in an SEC contest that weekend. He has never been to the University of Florida before, and looks forward to his first visit.

Right now, there are no other visits set for the 5-star prospect.

“I’m really not sure,” Williams said when asked if he knew of any other official visits. “Not yet. We have a lot of games on Saturday, so I’m not sure when I can go.”

Williams does not have a timetable to narrow his list further, saying “I’m not even sure when I’ll narrow the list again. I’m sure my coach and my Dad will get together some time this Fall to figure out a good time.”

While Williams has his specific reasons as to why he likes Virginia and Virginia Tech, the effort in which they are recruiting him is one of the primary reasons that both remain in the race. UVa is recruiting him as a wide receiver, while Tech likes him as a quarterback.

“They are both recruiting me real hard,” Williams said. “They have shown great interest in making me a part of their team. They show how bad they want me, and that’s important to me. It’s important to me in the school I choose.”

Williams has been to both schools before. He had a chance to see Virginia a little more closely earlier this year, when he traveled to Charlottesville for the Nike Training Camp.

“I went down to Virginia for the first time during the Nike Camp,” Williams said. “I could tell it was a beautiful place to be.

“[For Virginia Tech,] The coaches there are tremendous. They are straight to the point in talking to you. I’ve been down there once for track, and it seemed like a nice place. They have an outstanding quarterback