In his weekly recruiting column, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Cruz Williams about his official visit,…
Pumped About Petrino
That seems appropriate since that's exactly what Petrino is going to do for Williams and both the current and future Razorback wideouts next season.
"It felt really good to have my new head coach in my house," Williams said. "We had some food and a great talk about how I needed to finish up strong this year in the classroom and the weight room and how I needed to be ready to come play next season. I loved it."
Williams (6-4, 200) – one of 20 current Razorback commitments for Razorbacks – should indeed flourish in Petrino's power spread offense.
He caught 105 passes for 1,316 yards and 18 touchdowns this season for the Bruins.
"He talked about how we were going to throw the ball a lot, but also how we were going to run the ball a lot and be truly balanced," Williams said. "I know you have got to run the ball in college as well as pass it to be able to really have a chance to win it all. I'm excited about his offense."
Williams caught 183 passes for 2,882 yards and 41 touchdowns during his high school career for Pulaski Academy head coach Kevin Kelly.
"Cruz is an exceptional wide receiver who has always been able to get deep, but this season really came into his own going over the middle and making the tough catch as well," Kelly said. "He became fearless and just such an all-around player that could impact a game in so many ways."
Williams got a visit on the same day from Petrino and UA assistant Tim Horton on the same day as his buddy Joe Adams, the wideout/cornerback from Central Arkansas Christian who is currently committed to USC.
Both are apparently scheduled to take official visits to Arkansas on Jan. 18 per Williams.
"I have kept on Joe and he tells me that Arkansas has never really been out of the picture and that he is going to really consider them," Williams said. "He said that he and his mom will sit down after he takes his visit and decide what is the best place for him. But I feel real good about him coming to Arkansas now."
Williams notes that he has been in contact with a lot of recruits while the UA's coaching search was going on.
"I have been doing my part staying in contact with all of our commitments, Williams said. "I have been letting them know we need them in Fayetteville and we are going to have a special time up there together. Especially now that we have a great head coach that is going to be there for us."
He was thrilled to hear that Greenwood quarterback Tyler Wilson, who threw for 576 yards and 6 touchdowns against Pulaski Academy last season in the state title game, is going to be joining Camden Fairview's Jim Youngblood as quarterbacks for Arkansas.
"They are both big-time quarterbacks that will do really well in our new offense," Williams said. "I can't wait to get up there and start catching passes from them."
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