There were so many prospects on the University of Arkansas campus for Junior Day on Saturday that it was logistically impossible for every one of the 150-plus on hand to get as much attention as they deserved.
But Central Arkansas Christian tight end-defensive end David Williams (6-4, 250) got the love he was looking for on Monday at his school that is perched on what is called Mustang Mountain.
That's when UA assistant coach Danny Nutt came to Little Rock and let CAC head coach Tim Perry know that the Razorbacks were offering Williams a scholarship and very much hoped he would stay in state.
"I was disappointed I didn't get to talk to the coaches more on Saturday, but there were so many people who were there," Williams said. "They told my coach they were going to offer me then, but couldn't find me after the game. But it feels great that they made a special trip down here to see me and make the offer. It makes me have a much better feeling about them."
Nutt delivered the news to Perry who passed it on to Williams, a player who helped lead the defending state champion Mustangs to a second consecutive 13-2 mark and a trip to the Class AAA state title game before falling to Nashville 28-14.
"My coach was very, very excited and came and got me out of class to let me know," Williams said. "It's what I had been hoping would happen pretty soon."
But it's certainly not just Arkansas in the hunt for Williams, who caught 51 passes for 688 yards and 4 TDs last season in CAC's wide-open offense.
Oklahoma State and Kansas State have also offered Williams scholarships and he is also getting a lot of interest from Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
"Oklahoma State has done the best job of showing me attention and recruiting me to this point," Williams said. "I made a trip over there for their junior day and had a great time. They are up there, but certainly now that I am feeling better about Arkansas they are up there, too."
He will be at Kansas State this upcoming Saturday for its Junior Day, a combine in Baton Rouge on April 30, has signed up to be at the FCA Combine in Little Rock on May 6 and has plans to camp at Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State.
"I'm working out my schedule right now and seeing what others I might be able to make," Williams said. "I am looking forward to making this visits, checking things out and hopefully being able to make a decision before my senior season."
Arkansas certainly helped itself with Williams by hiring former Springdale head coach Gus Malzahn as its new offensive coordinator.
"That changes my whole outlook about Arkansas," Williams said. "They used to just get tight ends up there, get them up to 280 and have them block. Now Coach Malzahn is going to do the stuff he did at Springdale and we do here. That's open it up, spread the offense out, use some no huddle and split the tight ends out and throw them the ball."
CAC will return four offensive starters and three defensive starters next season and will open it season on Thursday, August 31 at 5:30 p.m. by playing Pine Bluff Dollarway at Harding Academy in one of the Hooten's Classic week-long series of opening games.
They will then host archrival Pulaski Academy on Sept. 8 before traveling to Little Rock Christian - another rival in week three.
"We have almost all of our skill guys coming back except Trent Morgan, but we lost five guys on our offensive line and three on our defensive line so that where be where we will be needing people to step up," Williams said. "But I think we've got some good ones and I think we'll make another run at it."
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