Tale of Two J-Wills

Jonathan Williams

Arkansas' football program landed a commit from Allen (Texas) four-star tailback Jonathan Williams (6-0, 208, 4.37) on Friday morning and then its basketball program got an unofficial visit later that same day from Memphis Southwind junior basketball star Jonathan Williams (6-8, 200), a five-star prospect.

It was a tale of two J-Wills on Friday for the Arkansas football and basketball teams.

Allen (Texas) tailback Jonathan Williams (6-0, 208, 4.37) became the football team's 20th commit of the 2012 class early Friday when he pledged to sign with the Razorbacks.

Then Memphis Southwind junior basketball star Jonathan Williams (6-8, 200) – a high school teammate of 2012 Arkansas target Jarnell Stokes - took an unofficial visit Friday night to see the Razorbacks down USC-Upstate 83-63 in their season opener.

"It was a really good game," the basketball-playing Williams said after the contest. "It's a new coach and they've got to play his type of style. They are changing to his style. Overall they did a pretty good job. I like their gym and campus and everything they've got."

Williams, who Scout.com ranks a 5-star prospect and the nation's 14th-th best 2013 prospect overall, already has a ton of offers.

"I don't have any favorites right now," Williams said. "I have offers from Kentucky, Georgetown, Arkansas, Memphis, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, UCLA, Florida, Oklahoma State, Texas and Marquette. I think that's it."

Williams, who was making his first trip to Fayetteville, is very specific about what he will be looking for in a school during the recruiting process.

"I want to go to a school where I can major in physical therapy," Williams said. "I want a school that can develop me as a player and maybe go to the next level. I want to play a fast pace to go up and down.

"Arkansas is a fast-paced team," Williams added. "I like a team that likes to push the ball, not the half-court sets, but likes to run and gun basically."

While listed as a small forward prospect, Williams knows his versatility is one of the reasons he is rated so highly.

"I can play the one through the five," Williams said. "I can dribble, I can shoot, I can post, I can block shots, rebound. I can do it all. I just have to keep working hard at it."

Southwind will be one of the state title contenders in Tennessee this season, especially if Stokes is allowed to play at Southwind.

Stokes –a consensus top 20 player nationally - will have a hearing on his eligibility appeal on Nov. 17 in a bid to play in his home district after transferring from Central.

Stokes was taking in Memphis season opener on Friday night while Williams was at Arkansas as was 2013 Razorback commit Dederick Lee of Clarksville.

The two both shined in a Tuesday night scrimmage at the Fed Ex forum when Southwind handled Briarcrest in easy fashion.

"We looked great," Williams said.

Williams and Southwind will be playing in the Rumble on the Ridge along with Arkansas 2013 forward commit Bobby Portis of Little Rock Hall and 2013 Razorback target Moses Kingsley (6-10, 2250 of New Albany, Miss.

The tournament also includes Sylvan Hills' Archie Goodwin, who was in the crowd Friday night supporting his former Arkansas Wings' AAU teammates and current Razorbacks Rashad Madden and Hunter Mickelson.



Goodwin is set to sign with Kentucky on Tuesday.

"We have a tough schedule coming up. We've got to go to Forrest City to play in the Rumble on the Ridge," Williams said. "Then we've got a tournament in Florida. We play (Chicago) Simeon on Jan. 21st. But our main focus this year is just to win state. That's our main focus and our main goal."

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The football playing Jonathan Williams visited Arkansas back on Nov. 7-9 when he was still a Missouri commit.

But he decommitted from the Tigers earlier this week and then confirmed he was a Razorback commit now via twitter on Friday morning.

"Just became part of the Arkansas family," Williams confirmed.

Williams rushed for over 2,000 yards to lead Class 5A in Texas last season and has nearly 1,000 this season despite suffering through injuries and missing the early part of the season.

Allen (10-0) starts the playoffs on Saturday when it faces Keller, which features another Missouri de-commit and possible Razorback addition in offensive tackle and basketball power forward Simon Goines.





Memphis Southwind basketball player Joanthan Williams





Allen (Texas) tailback Jonathan Williams became Arkansas' 20th commit of the 2012 class on Friday morning.

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