In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson writes how this could be the…
Returning The Love
The Razorbacks will take their best shot this weekend to flip Williams (5-9, 175), a U.S. Army All American and 5-star prospect according to Scout.com.
Arkansas offensive line coach Chris Klenakis has been the chief recruiter for Williams, who rushed for a whopping 3,884 yards and 48 touchdowns this season.
"Coach K is a great guy, a very outgoing guy," Williams said. "Like I was saying, whenever you have the kind of love that Coach K has been showing me, I appreciate that and that makes me feel I should give the love back."
Williams, rated as the third best tailback in the country by Scout, is one of several prospects Arkansas has in this weekend that are committed elsewhere.
Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino greeted Williams upon his arrival in Fayetteville."
"Coach Petrino just showed me the facilities and I have to say it is pretty amazing," Williams said. "I can't wait to get the show started today."
Arkansas has already flipped two Texas prep standouts away from Missouri, who is entering the SEC next season along with Texas A&M.
That duo joins Allen (Texas) tailback Jonathan Williams (6-0, 205) and Waco (Texas) cornerback Will Hines (6-1, 180).
Williams joins Springfield (MO) Hillcrest wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (6-6, 220), Chicago (IL) Simeon offensive lineman Jordan Diamond (6-6, 290) and Carthage (Texas) safety Edward Pope (6-3, 180) as U.S. Army All-Americans visiting the Razorbacks this weekend.
"That was great, competing with and against these great athletes," Williams said. "It was phenomenal. I feel like that gave me a taste of what college is going to be like. It was a pretty great experience and I think we learned a lot that week."
Former Arkansas star and current Dallas Cowboys tailback Felix Jones has put in good word for his old school.
"I talked with Felix Jones not too long ago at a Oregon camp," Williams said. "We were just having fun hanging out. He was talking about Arkansas and how we have had great backs coming through and how he would love for me to be a part of that tradition."
Texas A&M fired head coach Mike Sherman and brought in Houston coach Kevin Sumlin.
"I think Coach Sumlin is a pretty cool guy and he's real," Williams said. "There are not too many real coaches that are just flat out dead serious with you. I had a great time with the recruits up there because I knew everybody. That was pretty cool."
Be it Arkansas or Texas A&M, Williams will now be playing in the SEC since the Aggies will officially join the league on July 1.
"I thought it was great," Williams said. "The better the competition, the better I play."
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