Still a Gator

Despite reports to the contrary, Springdale wideout Damian Williams says he is still a solid commit to Florida and that he did not meet with former Springdale coach and current UA offensive coordiantor Gus Malzahn while in San Antonio this weekend.

SPRINGDALE --When Damian Williams woke up Saturday morning, it took him awhile to sift through the voice mail messages on his cell phone.

"I had 12 voice messages asking me about (rumors)," Williams said. "'Oh my God, I heard you had decommitted from Florida' and stuff like that.

"It's funny to hear all the things that people said. It's interesting but I understand it."

One of the voice messages was asking about a rumor that Williams would switch his commitment to Florida and commit to Arkansas at the same time Mitch Mustain recommitted to the Razorbacks during NBC's telecast of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday.

"I haven't even talked to Mitch in two weeks," Williams said. "That's real interesting, I wish someone would have told me."

Despite all the rumors that swirled last weekend concerning Williams, the former Springdale wide receiver said Monday he remained committed to Florida.

He also said Monday there was no meeting with Arkansas offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, Williams' former coach at Springdale.

Despite not talking to Mustain for a couple weeks, Williams did go to San Antonio to watch Mustain and Bartley Webb, two former Springdale teammates, play in the game.

Just two days before, Williams had played in Max Emfinger's All-American Bowl Game Classic in Shreveport, La., earning East offensive player of the game honors.

By chance, Williams wound up sitting with the family of Tim Tebow, a highly touted quarterback who is also committed to Florida.

"He's going to be a really good one," Williams said. "I know he had the arm and all that stuff, but I was really impressed with his footwork and the way he moves in and out of the pocket. He has all the essentials to be a great quarterback."

Williams said he had watched Tebow play on television earlier in the year, when his St. Augustine (Fla.) Nease High team played Hoover, Ala.

Even with the rumor mill churning, Williams was glad he had the chance to make it to San Antonio.

"I got to talk to a bunch of people there that I had met previously," Williams said. "I talked to (Tebow's) dad for a long time. It was good. It was really the first time that I've actually had a conversation with them."

Although he knows the rumors and attention comes with the territory of being a highly touted recruit, Williams said he's ready to sign.

"It's just part of the process; one of those things you have to deal with," Williams said. "But I'll be happy when Feb. 1 gets here, too."

Feb. 1 is the first day football recruits can sign letters of intent.


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