March 14, 2009

Williamson talks about his decision

Warren (Ohio) Harding wide receiver D.J. Williamson said earlier in the week that a commitment to Michigan was a strong possibility, and while attending the Wolverines' junior day, he made it official. The 6-1, 172 speedster informed Rich Rodriguez this morning that he will be joining the Maize and Blue in 2010.

"We met with coach Rodriguez this morning and he committed," his mother Willa stated. "Ever since D.J. was in the seventh or eighth grade, he always wanted to go to Michigan. That was just his dream. He always said he was going to play for Michigan."

Williamson caught 30 passes for over 350 yards as a junior, and it probably would have been more had they thrown his way more often. Michigan State, UCLA, Illinois and Wisconsin were among those showing interest, but none stood a chance when U-M offered.

The young wide receiver went on to elaborate about what attracted him to the Maize and Blue.

"I've always been a Michigan fan since I was a little kid and I always wanted to go to school there," explained Williamson. "I had a meeting with [Rodriguez] this morning. He met with me and my parents. We were just talking and I liked how he was talking. I think he's got the program going in the right direction and I thought that I fit in with the offense real good."

While Williamson and his family were not able to stick around for the first spring practice, heading home after making the commitment this morning, they were impressed with what the saw at the junior day event on Friday.

"We walked around the facilities. Saw the weight room, talked to the coaches and they had the Night of Champions last night. They split up in like 10 groups and compete in different events.

"I liked the way that they compete and they were all together."

Having followed the Maize and Blue since childhood, Williamson has little doubt that he has made the right decision about his future.

"I'm real happy about it, but it still hasn't really sunk in yet," he stated. "Ever since I was a little kid, when I first saw their helmets, I liked them. So that's why I started liking Michigan."

Williamson is from the school that has been friendly to the Wolverines over the years, producing players such as Mario Manningham, Prescott Burgess and former captain Carl Diggs.

"I know them all," noted Williamson. "I told Mario about the commitment, but he hasn't texted me back yet."

Williamson is known for having excellent speed, having clocked a 10.82 in the 100-meter dash to qualify for states and was part of the 4x100 relay team that finished third.



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