Cruz-ing Fayetteville
Cruz Williams
Cruz Williams

Posted Jan 24, 2008
Dudley E. Dawson


In his weekly recruiting column, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Cruz Williams about his official visit, Arkansas QBs and where he thinks buddy Joe Adams will sign. This story is sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. It's free and so is a special offer to attend a Razorback event on the Arkansas Toyota Dealers website. Click on a banner for details.




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Pulaski Academy’s Cruz Williams (6-5, 205, 4.4) has been solidly committed to the University of Arkansas since last fall.

Since that time, the Razorbacks have landed or are on the verge of landing three big-time quarterbacks - Michigan transfer Ryan Mallett, Camden Faiview’s Jim Youngblood, and Greenwood’s Tyler Wilson.

Not to mention a new head coach in Bobby Petrino who plans to have those guys – along with Casey and Nathan Dick – throw the ball all over the field in the years to come.

“Man, it’s like a dream for me,” Williams said. “Ryan Mallett, Tyler Wilson and Jim Youngblood all great quarterbacks and a coach who says we are going to pass the ball lot. Yes, I am very excited about how this has turned out.”

Wilson even took the opportunity to tell Williams how much he was looking forward to throwing it to him.

“He got on the internet and told me he was really looking forward to us doing a lot of great things at Arkansas together,” Williams said. “I let him know I was looking forward to him being a Razorback and glad he flipped from Tulsa.”

Williams, who caught 105 passes for 1,316 yards and 18 touchdowns this season, took his official visit to Arkansas this past weekend.

On the same weekend, CAC standout Joe Adams – one of Williams’ friends – was in Fayetteville on an official visit as well.

Adams is currently committed to USC, where he will visit this weekend, but Williams thinks things are going to work out for the Razorbacks in the end.

“I really think the visit last weekend did it for Arkansas with Joe,” Adams said. “I think we are going to get him in the end. I know he is taking the visit to USC this weekend, but I really think he is going to come to Fayetteville with us in the end.”

Williams had a spectacular senior season.

“As a wideout I think it really started happening for me way back when we started 7-on-7 in the summer,” Williams said. “I really tried to start catching the ball with my hands away from my body and when you do that it just allows you to go so much more in terms of getting extra yardage. I worked on going over the middle and being tough and really think I developed.”

Petrino made it clear that he expects Williams to come ready to play.

“He said he has no problems redshirting freshman if they are not ready to play, but that he would be glad to play them if they are ready,” Williams said. “He told me to come ready to work hard and don’t let up from start to finish.”








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