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In his weekly column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Chandler (AZ) wide receiver Javon Williams (6-5, 175, 4.4), who will take an official visit to Arkansas this weekend along with Sierra (CA) Community College wideout Courtney Gardner (6-3, 215, 4.4). This story is free and sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers.

Earlier this week, Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino was sitting in the living room of Chandler (AZ) wide receiver Javon Williams.

Williams (6-5, 175) – a three-star prospect per Scout.com who will be taking an official visit to Arkansas beginning Friday - said he had to take a moment to gather himself.

"It was kind of one of those moments where you go ‘wow, is this real? Bobby Petrino is in my house and wants me to come play football for him.' I was sitting there thinking all my hard work has really paid off to have a great coach like this right here in my house."

He will he joined this weekend at Arkansas by Sierra (CA) College wide receiver Courtney Gardner (6-3, 215, 4.4), who has the Razorbacks atop his list.

Williams, who averaged 28.8 yards per reception this season while had 32 catches for a whopping 923 yards this season and seven touchdowns, has a lot of respect for what Petrino has accomplished at Arkansas.

He also knows the Razorbacks have three senior wide receivers that are all likely headed to the NFL.

"Coach Petrino has one of the top programs in the country, one that was up to number three in the country before the loss to LSU," Williams said. "They love to throw the ball and he obviously knows how to develop players and get them ready for the league."

Petrino and Arkansas assistant Chris Klenakis both visited Williams last week and he got a visit from Razorback wide receivers coach Kris Cinkcovich this week.

"They actually did a real good job of laying out the plan they had for me and it was just a real comfortable visit," Williams said. "I really enjoyed getting to know them and they told me they want me to come out and be one of the playmakers on their offense next season."

There are numerous head coaches who have or will be stopping by the Williams' home seeing as how the young man is one of the top high school wideouts in the country.

He has already visited Arizona State and has visits set up for Arkansas, Oregon State (Jan. 13-15), Oklahoma State (Jan. 20-22) and plans to also fit in a trip to Oregon or San Diego State.

"I am just looking for the right fit for me both on and off the field," Williams said. "That's a great school, being comfortable around the players and coaches and a place that I know that can compete to win it all and a place that I can contribute right away."

Williams obviously needs to add some weight, but has skills that have allowed him to have a great deal of success in high school and should carry over to college.

"I think I am able to get off the line really well, have very good speed and run very good routes and can catch the ball in traffic or behind the defense," Williams said. "I know I can get better at everything and that's why I just keep working hard every day."

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