It appears Arkansas could have two new linebackers this fall that played their high school football at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Dillard.
Current Dodge City, Kan., Community College middle linebacker Josh Williams (6-2, 240), who had a team-high 85 tackles last season, plans to join the Razorbacks' 2014 class if his transcript is accepted by the University of Arkansas.
"I am back home (in Florida) right now," Williams said. "I have finished up school and my grades will be posted in the next week or so and if everything is okay, then my next step will be to come to Arkansas. I am really excited about it."
Razorback offensive line coach Sam Pittman "found" Williams - who was a full academic qualifier out of high school - while recruiting at Dodge City this spring.
"I guess out coach had a list of players that were full qualifiers, those that would get out in December and those that would need to be here until next spring," Williams said. "Coach Pittman saw that, watched some tape on me and then told me I was the kind of guy that they were looking for and that they were low on linebackers.
"It was a surprise because I had all these schools starting to look at me for 2015 like Florida State and Texas A&M and then all of a sudden who is a school who says we have room for you in 2014 if you want to come and it works out," Williams added. "He said he likes my character and my ability."
He would have four years to play three if he does indeed join Arkansas this summer.
The Razorbacks signed 24 players in February, including Dillard's Randy Ramsey (6-3, 215).
"Randy is just a fantastic athlete who can play just about anywhere and just makes plays," Williams said. "He was a junior when I was a senior there and he was just all over the place making plays. It will be fun for both of us to be together again."
Williams, whose only offer out of high school was Marshall has gone from a 210-pound linebacker out of high school to a 240-pound thumper now.
"I actually played at 210 last year, but after the season we got into the weight room and I got up to 225 and now I am 240," Williams said. "I feel really good at this weight and feel like I can do my job as both a run stopper and in coverage now without any hesitation.
"I feel like I can do both of those things very well, but I want to continue to work on getting off blocks and just getting better at technique," Williams said.
Williams Ready To Join Razorbacks
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