Springdale's Damian Williams gets UA offer

Life's pretty good for Springdale High school junior football standout Damian Williams right now.

The 6-1, 178-pound all-purpose back, receiver and kick returner been a big contributor to a team is 5-0 and ranked No. 2 in the state, the Red Bulldogs are coming off a 45-10 rout of archrival on Friday night and he's now got a scholarship offer from the University of Arkansas in his hip pocket.

That came on Tuesday following a huge night the previous Friday that include a 72-yard punt return for a score in which left would-be tacklers littered all over the field in a 35-0 ripping of Fort Smith Southside.

"It's a great feeling to have a scholarship offer from Arkansas," Williams said. "I am very honored and realize that not a lot of people get offers their juniors years. It's very exciting to know that Arkansas thinks enough of my ability to go ahead and put that out there."

Ironically, Williams- who sports a 4.0 and already has a qualifying score on his ACT - joins Springdale junior quarterback Mitch Mustain (6-3, 198) as two underclassmen who now have offers from the Razorbacks.

"Mitch is having a great season," Williams said. "He's throwing the ball extremely well, making great reads and just running our offense to near perfection."

Williams, who has scored six touchdowns already this season, had a 1-yard TD run and a 52-yard touchdown catch from Mustain in Springdale's big win over Friday night. That occurred right after a 57-yarder was called back because of a penalty.

Before that game he had caught 13 passes for 218 yards a touchdown, rushed 7 times for 92 yards and another score and taken the two kicks to the house as well.

He's lined up several different places as both a tailback and a wideout for the pass happy Bulldogs, who have dominated their foes and brought out the 35-point mercy rule in all of their games this year.

"Basically I am just an athlete out there lining up wherever my coach needs me and making plays for my team," Williams said. "This team has such great chemistry and we are working so hard to achieve our ultimate goal this year which is to win a state championship."

There are a lot of media and fans already anticipating a matchup between No. 1 and defending state champ Little Rock Central and No. 2 Springdale on Dec. 4 in the Class AAAAA title game at War Memorial Stadium.

"A lot of teams could get caught up in that, but we have the discipline to take things one step at a time, one game at a time," Williams said. "That would potentially be a great matchup, but we first have to get out of the AAAAA-West and that's not going to be easy. We'll take each challenge as it comes and not fall into looking ahead. That's when you get in trouble."

Williams, born in Dallas and moving to Springdale from Louisiana when he was 4, attended an individual camp in Iowa along with Mustain and some other Springdale players and a team camp in Tulsa.

Both of those schools are recruiting Williams along with Louisville, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Duke among others.

"Iowa, Tulsa and Louisville are the ones besides Arkansas that have been recruiting me the hardest," Williams said. "Again I am just very honored by the attention."

Williams and Mustain have a lot of love for Arkansas, but will take their time before making a decision since it is early in their high school careers.

"I think it is a great opportunity for both of us and Arkansas has so much to offer," Williams said. "They are a great school with a great program and we both really like them and it would be fun to continuing playing with Mitch at Arkansas. Both of us are very excited, but we just want to keep our options open and see how things play out and make a great decision."

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