Williams, Singleton Already Have Bond

Arkansas hire of new running backs coach Jemal Singleton away from Oklahoma State pleases Razorback signee Rawleigh Williams, who has known Singleton for four years.

Arkansas tailback signee Rawleigh Williams was a little bit stunned when Razorback running backs coach Joel Thomas left for the NFL, but its all better now.

That’s because Williams (5-10, 205) has known former Oklahoma State assistant and new Arkansas running backs coach Jemal Singleton for the past two couple of years.

“He’s a great coach who recruited me since my freshman year,” Williams said. “I’ve heard great things from him from Devon Thomas at Oklahoma State.

“I’m glad I don’t have to start all over completely with my new coach,” Williams added.

Williams rushed 341 times for 2,814 yards and 37 touchdowns and caught 15 passes for 198 yards and 5 more scores his senior season.

He chose Arkansas over Ole Miss – who is was originally committed to – as well as Oklahoma, Baylor, Stanford, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State, who offered after he pledged to the Razorbacks.

He got a bit of a heads up on Thomas’ exit.

“I knew a bit before it was announced,” Williams said. “I was shocked when I was told, though. This makes it a lot better.”

Singleton talked about Williams at his introductory press conference on Thursday afternoon.

“I I had a chance to kind of recruit him while I was at Oklahoma State and just reached out and kind of kept in touch,” Singleton said. “He is a great young man and I got to see him multiple times.

“So for me it is kind of exciting because lots of times you come into a new position and you don’t have any interaction with who is coming in and you don’t know them or anything like that,” Singleton added, “but me and Rawleigh have actually had conversations and know each other and I think he knows me pretty well.

“He may have lost the guy that recruited him, but he is getting a guy that he knows and not some stranger off the street,” Singleton continued.

Williams – a three-star prospect and part of a 24-man Arkansas recruiting class that is ranked 21st nationally by Scout.com – will report to Fayetteville on May 23.

Rawleigh Williams and his family on national signing day.

Rawleigh Williams got his own bobblehead from a local TV sports program in Dallas.

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