It was a big Friday night for Ashdown football/basketball/track standout Dee Williams, who going into the day was committed to the University of Houston.
Williams (6-3, 201, 4.51) - a star wideout for the football team - scored a game-high 23 points to lead his team to a 55-50 over Mena and then got a surprise after the game.
Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt and Razorback assistant Bobby Allen - who were on hand to watch Williams - offered him a scholarship so there is a new leader in the clubhouse.
"They offered me a full ride scholarship so they are now number one on my list without a doubt," Williams said. "That commitment to Houston was an early soft one. I was always going to see what else came along and hoped that Arkansas would like my season and offer. I pretty excited about it and I am coming up January 20th for my official visit."
Williams caught 67 passes this season for over 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns while leading his team to the Class AAA semifinals before losing to Central Arkansas Christian 42-34.
In that game, Williams had 5 catches for 80 yards and also took a 75-yard punt return back for a touchdown.
Ashdown pulled within 35-34 with 1:22 left in the game, but a decision to go for two backfired when a pass intended for Willliams was knocked away and then CAC's D.J. Williams took the ensuing on-side kick back 51 yards for a score.
"We went out there and played hard every night and I played hard every down all year, but it just wasn't mean to be in that last game," Williams said. "We made the decision to go for two and then didn't make it, but we left it all out there."
Williams, who had 44 catches for 830 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, will visit Houston on Jan. 13-15 before coming to Arkansas on Jan. 20-22.
"I've been around the Fayetteville campus, it's a nice campus and I have always felt real comfortable up there," Williams said. "I've not been around Houston. I know it is six hours away while Arkansas is just four hours away from here."
Williams, who has also received interest lately from Nebraska among others, seems to be leaning hard to Arkansas.
"I'm going to go visit Houston because of their offer and how hard they have recruited me and I could take four visits or so or just those two," Williams said. "But I have been a Razorback fan for a long time, think they have a lot of good young players up there and just think that's going to be the place for me."
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