Vols Host Top Prospects

Derrick Williams

If there is a better football prospect in the Class of 2005 than Derrick Williams, he has apparently eluded the nation's most respected experts.

The 6-foot-0, 190-pound playmaker can do it all with or without the ball. Playing primarily at quarterback and cornerback for Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md., as a junior, he rushed for 1,363 yards and 22 touchdowns and passed for 558 yards. On defense he picked off three passes and he returned two kicks for touchdowns while averaging 40 yards per punt return. Through seven games a senior he had scored 16 all-purpose touchdowns, including a punt and a kick, and he intercepted two passes.

Williams projects as a wide receiver or cornerback in college in addition to being a perpetual threat as a return specialist. He turns a blazing 4.31 in the 40, owns a 34-inch vertical leap and bench presses 330 pounds.

"In seven years as head coach, I have placed 92 players in college and three players currently in the NFL," Williams' high school head coach Rick Houchens. "In all my years and all of my players that I have been blessed to work with, Derrick Williams is without a doubt the greatest player that I have not only coached but also seen in my ten year, high school coaching career."

Oklahoma currently leads the Williams' sweepstakes, a position the Sooners hope to cement after he visits Norman on Dec. 10. But the Vols are in the chase and hoped to raise their standing during his visit to Knoxville for the Kentucky game.

Also slated to be on campus for UT's regular season home finale were Raymond Henderson and Travis Beckum who are both defensive ends and teammates at Oak Creek High School in Oak Creek, Wis. Henderson is rated No. 6 nationally at his position by Scout.com while Beckum is ranked is ranked No. 5. Wisconsin is a strong contender for both players. Henderson has also visited LSU and places the Tigers high on his list of favorites.

Another official visitor in Knoxville was the nation's No. 7 rated tight end prospect Jeff Cottam of Germantown High School. The brother of UT's Brad Cottam, Jeff is listed at 6-foot-7, 255 pounds, and runs a 4.75. He is also considering Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn and Notre Dame. He has already visited Alabama and has a visit scheduled to Mississippi on Dec. 10. He has been offered by all of his favorites.

The Vols also hosted Brandon Logan on his official visit. He had been to campus for a couple of unofficial visits and makes a visit to Michigan next week. There's a chance he may take a visit to Kentucky, where his brother Josh is a freshman receiver, but the chase for the nation's No. 30 ranked linebacker is shaping up as a battle between Tennessee and Michigan.

Tennessee has a large visit weekend set for Dec. 10.

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