Ashdown WR Commits To Razorbacks

FAYETTEVILLE -- It's not the D. Williams many Arkansas fans were hoping for, but the Razorbacks did get a commitment from a wide receiver named Williams late this week.

Ashdown wide receiver Dee Williams committed to the Razorbacks publicly, making him the 21st player to commit to Arkansas.

There was little question that Williams wanted to play for the Razorbacks. The only question was would he receive an offer. He did and with that decided to accept. Williams had verbally committed to Houston earlier in his senior year.

He will likely double-sign with Arkansas and Butler County (Kan.) Community College in case he cannot meet the requirements for immediate eligibility at Arkansas.

"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."

Now, Williams wants to give Arkansas a trio of home-state receivers to throw to in Gus Malzahn's offense.

The trick now is trying to convince Springdale wide receiver Damian Williams to switch his commitment from Florida to Arkansas.

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

Last season, Williams caught 67 passes for more than 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns.

If Arkansas is going to use its wide receivers more in Malzahn's no-huddle, hurry-op offense, it's certainly showing with the number of commitments the Razorbacks have received from receivers.

Williams makes four with more commits possibly on the horizon at the position.

"They are going to throw the ball more and open it up," he 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."

One of Williams' high school teammates, Antonio May, was expected to be a sign-and-place player for the Razorbacks but now appears to be headed to Houston.

The Razorbacks began their final recruiting weekend Friday. Arkansas is expected to host seven potential players, including another wide receiver, Memphis Raleigh Egypt's Duke Calhoun. Calhoun has been offered by Arkansas, Memphis, Ole Miss and Tennessee.

Linebacker Ryan Powers of Tanner, Ala., and free safety Matt Hewitt of Alfred State (N.Y.) College are two other players who could add to the Razorbacks' immediate recruiting class. Shreveport Evangel safety Dan Kreamer is also visiting. Kreamer, who tore his ACL this season, is a likely grayshirt candidate.

The other visitors who remain uncommitted --Blytheville lineman Kit Coleman and Dallas Jesuit Prep deep snapper Jack Geiser --are walk-on or grayshirt candidates as well.

Wide receiver Andrew Norman, one of three Springdale players committed to the Razorbacks, also is among the group.

Coaches cannot comment on recruits until they have signed. Wednesday is the first day recruits can sign.

DUDLEY DAWSON OF HAWGS ILLUSTRATED CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT. FOR MORE ON RECRUITING, VISIT WWW.HAWGSILLUSTRATED.COM

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