Williams checks in as Arkansas' 21st

Ashdown wideout Derrick "Dee" Williams (6-3, 201, 4.51) says Friday morning that he has become the 21st commit for the University of Arkansas' 2006 recruiting class.

Ashdown wideout Dee Williams has known for some time that he wanted to play his college football at the University of Arkansas.

Now he has made that pledge public, Williams (6-3, 201, 4.51) can begin to dream about it happening.

"They told me they would love one day to have have (current Razorback) Marcus Monk on one side and (Springdale's) Damian Williams - if he signs with us - and myself as twins on the other side," Williams said Friday morning. "I think that would be a lot of fun."

Williams, who originally committed to Houston before being offered by the Razorbacks, could end up at Butler County (Kan.) Community College if he is unable to meet requirements for immediate eligibility at Arkansas.

But Williams, who caught 67 passes for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns tthis season, makes it clear he would much rather be in Fayetteville this fall.

"I've gotten my grades up lately and know all I need to do is score two points higher on my (ACT) test," Williams said. "But I plan on playing at Arkansas."

Williams becomes the 21st player that Arkansas has gotten a verbal pledge from in its 2006 recruiting class.

He is the fourth wide receiver in that bunch as the Razorbacks stock up with pass catchers as they move to an offense with more passing under new offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.

"They are going to throw the ball more and open it up," Williams said. "I got to hang with Marcus Monk and some of the other guys up there last weekend on my visit and they are all really excited about it."

Williams took his official visit to Arkansas last weekend with teammate Antonio May, who will sign with Houston on Wednesday's national signing day after not getting an offer from the Razorbacks.


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