Damian's Deal

Spectacular Springdale wideout Damian Williams (6-2, 190, 4.4), who is currently committed to Florida, shares his thoughts on a possible official visit to Arkansas this weekend, new UA offensive coaches Gus Malzahn and Alex Wood and just how many Gator coaches are truly going to be in his home on Thursday night.

Now that Springdale quarterback Mitch Mustain, wideout Andrew Norman and tight end Ben Cleveland have all pledged to be Razorbacks, the attention has turned fully to another Red Dog.

That would be electrifying wideout Damian Williams (6-2, 190, 4.4), who is committed to Florida, but has not ruled out joining his teammates at the University of Arkansas.

In fact, Williams - who had an amazing 36 touchdowns this season via the pass, run, defense and special teams and had over 2,200 yards of total offense - is likely going to take an official visit to the UA this weekend.

"I haven't officially decided that I am going to do that, but I am still thinking about it and thinking that is what I am going to do," Williams said Wednesday night. "This is such a big decision for me, one that is going to be made and where I am going to spend the next four or five years of my life. I have got to make sure I am making the right decision."

Florida will be in Williams' home Thursday, but it won't be the seven-person entourage that has been rumored.

"No, not that many," David Williams, Damian's dad said. "There are just going to be two coaches here."

Florida head coach Urban Meyer will then be in Williams' home on Sunday.

The Gator coaching staff is well aware that Williams, regarded as the 12th best wideout in the country by Scout.com, is considering Arkansas.

Williams, who caught 63 passes for 1,495 yards and 24 touchdowns this season and rushed for 446 yards and 10 more scores, is one of five wideouts that Florida has committed right now.

"They've been very nice about things," Williams said. "They've been just telling me how much they really want me and how important I am to them. I've really got a lot to think about these next four of five days, but I don't know when I will have a decision made for sure."

Williams was named the winner of the Landers Award Tuesday night in Little Rock. The award is for the outstanding player in the state of Arkansas this season.

"It was great to bring another honor back to our city," Williams said. "I was very honored by it, but I think it says a lot more about my coaches and my teammates than it does about myself. I couldn't have done it without them."

Mustain, who rode down to the ceremony with Williams, took the time to talk to his buddy about Arkansas.

"Mitchell is the only one that has really talked to me a lot about it lately and he is just pointing out how excited he is that he is going to Arkansas and how much he wants me to be a Razorback, too," Williams said. "But he also knows that it has to be my decision and he respects that just as I do his.

"The others (Norman and Cleveland), I know they want me to come to Arkansas, too, but they are all doing a good job at not pressuring me," Williams said. "That's one thing I like about Arkansas and what they are doing. They are just trying to put their best foot forward. I have some other players calling me just trying to let me know they want be a part of the college they are going to sign with."

Part of that was having former Springdale head coach and current Razorback offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and new UA quarterbacks coach Alex Wood in his home on Sunday.

There had been some talk about how Williams would be more comfortable if Malzahn was coaching the wideouts, which he will be doing.

"Certainly that would be nice, but I wouldn't say it was the deciding factor," Williams said. "It is just one of the factors I will put together and try to make the best decision."

Williams was also impressed with Wood, a former NFL offensive coordinator, head college coach and assistant in the pros.

"I liked him a lot," Williams said. "He was real down to earth and really knows the game of football. He is very personable and someone with a lot of knowledge of the game and someone I really enjoyed being around. He tells it like it is."

While Williams was a very good football player during an injury-plagued junior year, he became as electrifying as the state of Arkansas has seen in a long, long time during his senior campaign as he helped lead Springdale to a 14-0 mark and Class AAAAA State title.

"I just came back more determined, more driven, I hit the weight room and just worked as hard as I could to help make my team successful this season," Williams said. "It was all worth it."


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