Williams: The Next Hillis?

After impressing coaches at Saturday's FCA Combine in Little Rock, CAC tight end David "D.J." Williams talks about increased interest in the University of Arkansas and thoughts on possibly filling the versatile pass-catching role of current Razorback Peyton Hillis in the future.

LITTLE ROCK - Central Arkansas Christian tight end David Williams has a top five, but it's good news for Razorback fans that the home state school on that list has really started peaking his interest.

Part of that has to do with the University of Arkansas telling Williams (6-4, 250), who was one of the top prospects on hand at Saturday's FCA Combine at War Memorial Stadium, that they view him as the next Peyton Hillis.

Hillis is the current Razorback H-back who caught 38 passes for 402 yards last season and is expected to catch even more in 2006 with new offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn plans to bring a more balanced attack to the field.

"I really, really like the way they are talking about using me like Peyton Hillis and the fact that Gus is not up there and talking about throwing him the ball even more," Williams said. "They line him up at tight end, bring him out of the backfield, split him out and also hand him the ball some. That all really appeals to me."

Certainly Williams, who ran a 4.7 on Saturday and a 4.6 in another event a week earlier, knows something about catching the ball seeing as how he caught 51 passes for 688 yards and 4 touchdowns last season while also rushing 19 times for 81 yards in CAC's wide-open offense.

It's no secret that Oklahoma State got out front early in the race for Williams, but Arkansas has certainly come charging from behind and joins Kansas State, Ole Miss and Mississippi State as the five teams that Williams has offers from and is currently considering.

UA assistant Danny Nutt has made an favorable impression on Williams, who also goes by D.J.

"I was all about Oklahoma State at first, but Arkansas has really come on strong and I'm feeling real good about them right now and right now those teams are really about even," Williams said. "In fact, my family and I are thinking about taking a trip up there very soon, maybe even next week and just checking out everything. I'm just feeling a lot better about things and Coach Danny Nutt – who I really like – has me pumped up about what is going on at Arkansas."

Williams will be playing 7-on-7 this summer with CAC and also attending several camps.

"I'm definitely going to go to camps at Arkansas and Oklahoma State and probably all of the schools that I am considering," Williams said. "I also might go to Oklahoma. They called in the last week and seem interested now."

Williams is part of a great 2007 recruiting class in Arkansas, one that has seen some 22 players already receive Division I scholarship offers.

He is one of 11 in Arkansas that has gotten an offer from the Razorbacks and joins Pulaski Academy's Broderick Green and Stefan Loucks, Little Rock Catholic's Jake Bequette, Little Rock Lutheran's Lee Conic, Pulaski Robinson's Christopher Fleming and North Little Rock's Brett Moncrief and Phillip Doakes to head up a strong contingent of junior grid stars in Pulaski County.

One veteran observer at the FCA Combine offered up Saturday that Williams was the best of the bunch.

"To hear something like that makes me feel very honored and it's not something I take lightly," Williams said. "There are a lot of great players in Pulaski County like Broderick and Stefan so it's really something for someone to say that," Williams said. "But when I hear something like that all it does is make me want to go out and work harder every day."


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