Question 1: There wasn't a "Hello:" post for WR/Ath/Track god DJ Williamson that I can find, and Brian has yet to get around to the 2010 Recruiting Profile for him yet.
The book on DJ, as I understand it, is he's a Desmond Howard-sized receiver with Mario Manningham-level speed and Braylon Edwards-level leaping ability. His hands are not considered anything special. Right so far? (this isn't my question).
This is my question: CAN HE PLAY DEFENSIVE BACK?
According to his Scout and Rivals profiles, DJ played cornerback and free safety (rather well, too) as well as receiver in high school, and his defensive plays were featured prominently (along with his "Hey do you think I look like Desmond Howard?" kick returns and reverses) in his Scouting Ohio and other YouTube-searchable videos.
It would seem to me that with the lack of depth at cornerback and deep safety, and with DJ's lack of great height or hands, a guy with his supurb speed and leaping ability would be much in demand on the "dark side," whereas on offense, even given the need for more receivers on the outside, DJ seems destined for a YMRMFSFPA Calvin Bell (though fellow Harding alumnus Mario Manningham might be an optimistic reach).
He was such a quick commit (one junior day did it) that I didn't get a vibe of "play me at WR or I'll go visit all of your rivals." We have been talking him up as a receiver, but I hear no mention of defensive back-ity with regard to DJ Williamson. OTOH: awe-inspiring straight-line speed, good leaps, good agility, returns kicks and not great hands sounds to me more like a Markus Curry. Right now, given the depth at cornerback and free safety, I'd take two Whitleys and a Todd Howard, let alone anything resembling a Curry. I say corner, even if free safety seems like a better fit eventually, because, well, cornerback is cornerback -- you play zone or you stick to your receiver; improvement comes from better reads and pursuit angles.
DJ Williamson: defensive back. I know I'm missing something here. I just want the board to tell me what that is.
Question 2: It was late July last year when the freshmen got their numbers. Any program insiders know when the 2010 roster will be published? I noticed Furman got a number this morning but we're still waiting on a number of freshmen.