Is UVa Out for Williams?

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In a recent ESPN interview, Derrick Williams , the nation’s #1 overall player, did not include Virginia as a team in the mix for his services.

I caught up with Derrick for an interview last evening…so have the ‘Hoos been eliminated?

“I’m still looking at Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Penn State and UVa,” Williams said. “That’s my original top 7 and nothing has changed.”

Williams has made an official visit to Florida and has one scheduled to Oklahoma for the weekend of November 12th. No other visits have been set.

“I’m not even sure,” Williams replied when asked if he knew any other official visit destinations. “I took the Florida visit and I have the visit set to Oklahoma. Other than that, it’s going to be hard to set any other visits while we’re still playing because Maryland games are on Saturday. I’ll probably set the rest right after my season.”

Williams isn’t sure exactly what the main factors will be in choosing the final 3 official visits.

“I’m not even sure,” Williams said. “Honestly, I’m just trying to concentrate on my senior season first.”

The Florida visit appears to have gone well, as Williams was hosted by a familiar face.

“The Florida trip was real good,” Williams said. “My ex-teammate Derrick Harvey was my host. I thought the coaches were good. They went over the schemes and where I fit in. Coach Zook is a good coach, and the atmosphere was really good.”

If UVa remains in the mix, what are the positives the Cavaliers have going for them at the moment?

“Virginia is a team that’s rising,” Williams said. “Well, they’ve always been a top team. They’ve been looking good this year. Unfortunately they lost, but that won’t have any effect on my decision. They are a program that’s close to home. I met their coaching staff at the Nike Camp, and they have a good coaching staff.”

Season

Williams has led Eleanor Roosevelt (Greenbelt, MD) to a 5-2 record in 2004. He has about 1,800 total yards from the quarterback position and 16 touchdowns. He suffered an ankle sprain earlier this year, and estimates he’s going at about 70% right now.