RB Maleek Williams Commits to Arkansas

Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte three-star running back Maleek Williams committed to Arkansas on Saturday.

Maleek Williams committed to Arkansas during his visit Saturday.

The Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte three-star running back announced his decision via Twitter, choosing the Razorbacks over about 17 other offers, including from Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina and North Carolina State.


"It's 'Running Back U'," Williams said. "I like the facilities and stuff like that. The players are cool. It was a great experience for me."

As a junior, Williams (5-11, 215, 4.42) rushed for 664 yards and 12 touchdowns on only 59 carries. That is an average of 11.3 yards per carry. He had to split time in the backfield with 2016 South Florida signee Elijah Mack.

He is expected to be the Fightin' Tarpons' No. 1 back and receive more reps in 2016. During their spring game, his first as the premier running back, he rushed for 250 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. Committing to Arkansas in June allows Williams to focus solely on his current team, he said.

"I really care about my high school team," Williams said. "I've been playing with them since Pop Warner and I don't want that to throw off my focus. I just want to play with my boys because I love my team."

Williams said he also hopes his early commitment might help convince other players to choose the Razorbacks.

He is Arkansas' 10th pledge for the 2017 class and would be the 17th player from Florida to sign with the Razorbacks under head coach Bret Bielema if he stays true to his commitment. Verbal commitments are non-binding.

"I told (Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema) I was thinking about it and I thought about the pros and cons, and the pros way outweighed the cons," Williams said. "I decided that it can't get much better than Arkansas and to take advantage of what God's blessed me."


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