Cruz Control

Pulaski Academy wideout Cruz Williams (6-4, 195, 4.5), one of the state's best 2008 prospects, will be attending the Houston Nutt football camp this week after shining in this weekend's Shootout of the South 7-on-7 Tournament.

Pulaski Academy rising junior wideout Cruz Williams - fresh off another solid performance at the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 Tournament - will be arriving in Fayetteville today for the Houston Nutt Football Camp.

Williams (6-4, 195, 4.5) will likely have a chance to see one of his favorite wide receivers this week and has plans to see both of them when Arkansas hosts USC Sept. 2 at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

"I really like Marcus Monk from Arkansas and Dwayne Jarrett from USC - they are my two favorites," Williams said. "They are two big wide receivers like me and I really like their games and I'm going to be there to watch them that first game. In the NFL, I like (Dallas Cowboy) Terrell Owens.".

Williams, who caught 21 passes for 308 yards with touchdowns and a 25.7 yard per catch average as a sophomore last season in the Bruins pass-happy offense, is getting plenty of attention even though he is very early in his career.

"Arkansas is showing me attention, Colorado, Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt," Williams said. "I really like Arkansas and I think they are getting a lot of great talent on offense and defense - offense especially with guys like Darren McFadden and a new offensive coordinator (Gus Malzahn) who has plans to spread the offense out and make good passes."

Williams said he has thought about the possibility of catching passes in his college career from either or both Mitch Mustain or Casey Dick, who was on hand in Little Rock to watch the Shootout of the South this weekend.

"I think Mitch Mustain and Casey Dick are really two good quarterbacks and with the direction their offense is going, that makes Arkansas very appealing to me," Williams said. "I think both of them are going to get a lot of playing time this year."

Williams, who won the outstanding receiver award in last season's Shootout of the South, is confident in his abilities.

"I love it when people try to come up and press cover and bump me off the line because I end up just getting past them and burning them," Williams said. "I think I am developing pretty good, but I can get a lot better."

The 2008 prospect hopes to impress the coaches at Arkansas this week during the camp which begins Sunday night and runs through Wednesday around noon.

"I'm going to be up there at Fayetteville with a couple of my teammates," Williams said. "I am hoping to go up there and really perform well."

That's what he did this weekend for Pulaski Academy, who finished tied for third with Fayetteville in the 22-team event the Bruins hosted at the Mighty Bluebird Soccer Fields in West Little Rock.

Allen (Texas) High downed Warren 42-15 in the final after surviving a failed two-point attempt by Fayetteville in a 35-34 win in the semifinals.

"This tournament helps out a lot and we have teams like Allen coming up to support it and that just makes us better," Williams said. "It's a big help for teams like us that put it up a lot."

Williams is having a busy summer with PAs 7-on-7 schedule - which included a tournament at Vanderbilt the previous week - and playing AAU basketball for the Arkansas Kings.

"My AAU basketball team plays a lot of tournaments and we will be going to Las Vegas before too long and our football team stays busy with these 7-on-7 tournaments and games," Williams said. "I don't have any trouble staying in shape at all."


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