Birmingham (AL) Central Park standout Jacorey Williams may be from the state of Alabama, but he's also enjoying the home feel he is getting from Arkansas.
Williams (6-8, 190) is taking his official visit to Arkansas this weekend and will decide soon between the Razorbacks and the Crimson Tide.
Arkansas' head coach Mike Anderson and assistant T.J. Cleveland are both Birmingham natives.
"Obviously (I like) how they all have Birmingham ties with me being from Birmingham," Williams said. "So that's a plus. They seem like caring coaches. Even after the players graduate – and I know y'all have heard it many times – how they look out after their players, how they still care, how they bring new players into the family."
Williams, who averaged 17 points and 8rebounds last season for Birmingham Minor, is visiting this weekend along with Garland (Texas) Naaman center Prince Ibeh (6-11, 230) and Plano (Texas) High point guard Malcolm Mann (6-1, 156), a walk on candidate.
It turns out that Anderson's sister lives across the street from the Williams house.
"I actually didn't know that until he came on the home visit," Williams said. "He was telling me how his sister stayed right across the street. I had been seeing him pull up in the driveway and things like that forever, but I never knew."
Williams got that family feel from seeing a plethora of old Razorback players on hand for a morning workout.
"They shows a lot about Coach A and how he keeps his word when he says how he looks out for his players after the fact," Williams said. "They all stay in touch still."
JaCorey's family came with him on the visit.
"I think me and my mom will probably go home and discuss it a little bit," Williams said. "I would say the decision would be made soon, probably in the next two weeks."
Williams took an unofficial visit to Arkansas in August, but obviously has been able to see a lot more on his official visit.
"I had been to the coliseum, the locker room and coaches offices, but I got to see the other parts of the campus and they were nice," Williams said. "Things like the academics, the dorms where the players live at."
He also mentioned his relationships with the current Razorbacks.
"Another thing that impressed me was how well I get along with the players," Williams added. "I got a chance to hang with them last night and they are nice players."
"Even though I was only around three or four of them, they seemed like they were well-rounded guys," Williams said. "I am looking forward to seeing other stuff I haven't seen yet."
Williams was able to see the current Razorbacks work out on Saturday morning.
"Coach A has got them going," Williams said. "He's pushing them a little bit and that's what I like. That's what I need and that's a plus as well."
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