Williams Sees Drastic Improvement in Arkansas
Houston, Texas, Jersey Village prep outside linebacker Jordon Williams was already extremely interested in Arkansas before the season began, but that interest has been gone up a notch because of the Razorbacks' ”drastic improvement” this season.
“I was able to watch Arkansas play both Auburn and Texas A&M and there has not only been improvement, but drastic improvement and that has me fired up about the direction the Arkansas program is headed,” Williams said. “They should have won the A&M game. Let it get away. Makes me mad because I love Arkansas and don't like A&M. Let's just quit taking about that one.”
Williams (6-2, 200, 4.5), who has some 15 offers, currently has plans to visit Arkansas on the Oct. 11 weekend, but it has yet to be determined whether that will be official or an unofficial visit.
He will have a conversation soon with Arkansas secondary coach Clay Jennings to firm that up and also the game time – set to be announced Sunday - will be a factor as well.
“What Coach Jennings would like for me to do is come up with my dad for an unofficial visit for the Alabama game and then come back this winter for my official when he and the other coaches can spend more time with me than you can on an game weekend,” Williams said.
Jennings and the Razorback fans have helped Williams develop his interest in Arkansas.
“I really love my relationship with Coach Jennings and all the other coaches at Arkansas,” Williams said. “I have gotten to know a lot of those coaches and really think they have a great staff. I got 14 handwritten letters from those guys the other day.
“I also really love the interaction that I have with the Arkansas fans on twitter,” Williams added. “They love their team and they want me to be a part of it in the future. I also love the fact that it is just a college town with a great college atmosphere.”
Jennings also offered up a funny quote that has stuck with Williams, who plays both safety and outside linebacker in high school.
“He told me that I am a safety now, but that I am just two In-and-Out cheeseburgers from being a Will linebacker,” Williams said. “He’s a funny guy.”
Arkansas joins Louisville, Northwestern, Houston, Utah, Iowa State, Memphis, New Mexico, Wake Forest, Nevada, Fresno State, Rice, North Texas, Texas State in offering scholarships to Williams.
“I feel great that all those teams have offered me and it keeps me working hard,” Williams said. “But I would say Arkansas is my leader because I just think it is a great situation for me.
“The coaches have made it very clear how much they want me, how much they need me and how I am the kind of guy that they want to have in their program,” Williams added.
He has plans to take an official visit to Louisville on the weekend of Oct. 18 and also is setting up one to Northwestern.
“I'm also looking at Houston, since it is pretty close to where I live and I am down there a lot, but I don't know that I will take an official visit there because I have been around there so much,” Williams said.
Williams, who has a 6.3 grade point average on a 7.0 scale, had 47 tackles and a pair of interceptions last season while playing safety after starting as outside linebacker as a sophomore.
“I think I am already pretty close to that number already this season,” Williams said.
Jersey Village is 4-0 this season and already 3-0 in Division 17-6A district play heading into Friday night’s home game with Houston Cypress Ranch (2-2, 2-1).
“Our team has really played well,” Williams said. “We are 4-0 and 3-0 in our district, which has 10 teams so we have nine district games.
“I think individually have played pretty well, especially the last two games when I have not missed any tackles and feel like I am really playing to the best of my ability,” Williams added. “We feel like we can do some really big things this season.”