Two speedy prospects from Texas certainly made an impression at the Houston Nutt Football Camp this week and had one made on them.
Beaumont West Brook cornerback Drenard Williams (5-10, 165, 4.3) joined Texas City High athlete Julius Walker (5-10, 170, 4.39) in making the trip to Fayetteville for their first look at the University of Arkansas.
"This is my first trip ever to Arkansas," said Walker, who lives on the Gulf Coast. "Hey, I had never even left Texas. I'm amazed by the sights and the mountains. I have never seen anything like that before. You get kind of tired of just the beach all the time."
It was also a new experience for Williams, who had 40 tackles, 5 interceptions and 10 passes broken up last season.
"This is the first camp I have ever been to," Williams said. "I thought it was a good one to come to. They showed me a lot. They went over the fundamentals with me and I can take it back to Beaumont ,Texas and use it for my team to help with that."
If there had been a decathlon competition during the camp, odds are Walker - who turned down an invitation to the University of Texas camp to attend the one at Arkansas - would have been up at the top.
He was a track star this past season with bests of 10.46 in 100 meters, 21.5 in the 200, 47 feet in the triple jump, 23-2 in the long jump and 6-9 in the high jump.
While he had not played football since being a wideout in junior high, the Texas City football coach got him back out.
"They had been after me and I decided to give it another shot and it turns out that people really think I have some talent," Walker said. "I'm definitely going to go to a place that has a great track program and a football one."
Texas High was 10-3 last season and Walker thinks that record will be even better this season.
"We have our whole secondary coming back," Walker said. "I could play some wideout, too. We went 10-3 last season and we are coming back strong."
Williams is also looking at Oklahoma State, LSU and UTEP - three places he has plans to attend camps at this summer.
"I'm real interested in the prestige and tradition of a school and if it is a family type situation," Williams said. "I got a good look at Arkansas and now they are one of my favorites. They are very high on my list right now."
Like Walker, Williams could find himself playing wideout, cornerback and/or helping in the return game.
"Wherever the coach wants me to play is where I will - whether it's corner, free safety, kick return, punt return or wideout."
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