In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated and The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, Dudley E. Dawon chats with CAC tight end David Williams (6-3, 245).
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David Williams would make it a Dandy Dozen.
Williams (6-3, 245), the highly regarded tight end
from Central Arkansas Christian, said Sunday night
that he was on the verge of making a commitment to
either the University of Arkansas or Oklahoma State in
“a week or so.”
Williams, who will be in Fayetteville for the fourth
time in a couple of months on Saturday for the
Razorbacks’ game with Alabama, is a high priority
recruit for Arkansas, who has gotten 10 2007 commits
and one 2008 pledge so far.
“I’m about there,” Williams said. “I am about 90
percent sure where I want to go, just want to take a
little more time and be 100 percent sure. I am
guessing I’ll announce something in a week or so.”
His decision will come after watching Arkansas beat
Vanderbilt 21-19 on television Saturday afternoon and
then attending the Florida-Tennessee game in Knoxville
on Saturday night.
“The crowd was amazing (at Tennessee) and it was a
great game,” Williams said. “But I’m really not a big
fan of either school and I just went because the
Tennessee (assistant) coach (Steve Caldwell) told me
they had some tickets if I wanted them and I have a
friend who is a big Tennessee fan and wanted to go.”
As for Arkansas game, Williams - who admits he is an
Arkansas fan - thinks the Razorback offense is really
beginning to come around with freshman quarterback
“I really like what I am seeing from them and the new
system,” Williams said. “I think Mitch is getting
comfortable and we are getting the ball down the field
a lot to the wideouts and tight ends and still having
the great running game.”
Williams, who also goes by D.J., has been able to be
on hand to see Arkansas and Oklahoma State play this
season with the Cowboys actually playing in Little
Rock against Arkansas State a little over a week ago.
He also visited Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Ole Miss
and Mississippi State before narrowing it down to
Arkansas and OSU.
“I think I’ve seen enough of both teams to know where
they are headed and how I would fit in at both
places,” Williams said.
Williams has 11 catches for 113 yards, has rushed 5
times for 42 yards, is averaging over 10 tackles per
game, has five sacks and is averaging 45 yards a punt
for good measure.
That comes after a junior season in which he 51 passes
for 688 yards and 8 touchdowns and had 132 tackles
with eight sacks while lining up at defensive end,
defensive tackle and linebacker.
But unlike last season when the Mustangs went 13-2
without losing back-to-back, CAC is riding a two-game
After falling 36-34 to Pulaski Academy on Sept. 8, CAC
fell to Little Rock Christian 35-21 last Friday night
to drop to 1-2.
“It’ was how we played in the first half again just
like at PAT,” Williams said. “That and having five
turnovers. You just can’t make that many turnovers and
expect to win football games.”
The Mustangs have a chance to start over again when
they visit Mena Friday night while opening 7-4A
“It’s a long bus ride, but the hard work we need to
put in is doing the week to make sure we are ready to
play once we get there and play from the start,”
Williams said. “We’ve just got to cut down the
turnovers and know that our younger guys are getting
Williams will then make his way on to Fayetteville for
the Arkansas-Alabama game that is being nationally
televised by CBS at 2:30 p.m.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Williams said. “It’s a
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...Fort Smith Northside quarterback Kodi Burns, Rogers
offensive lineman Lee Ziemba and Garland (Texas)
North Garland linebacker Jermaine Love (6-0, 220) are
just three of the football prospects expected to be on
hand this weekend along with Williams and numerous
...Richardson (Texas) Berkner defensive tackle Adrian Campbell (6-4, 240) has changed his official visit to
Arkansas to the weekend of the Razorbacks’ game with
Tennessee on Nov. 11 after previously having it
schedule for the USC game and then this weekend.
...The UA basketball team is set to officially host
Lake Charles (La.) LaGrange small forward Chris Gradnigo (6-6, 200) this weekend with some 2008
prospects likely also on hand on unofficial visits.
Gradnigo is also planning to visit Cincinnati and