Williams: Coveted Recruit

In his weekly recruting column for Hawgs Illustrated and The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, Dudley E. Dawson writes about the University of Arkansas has put itself in great position to land Central Arkansas Christian tight end David Williams (6-3, 245, 4.63), Houston Nutt's Football Camp and recaps the Shooutout of the South.

Central Arkansas Christian tight end David Williams knows that University of Arkansas football fans are waiting to hear the magic words.

While Williams (6-3, 245, 4.63), who is on hand at the Houston Nutt Football Camp this week, is not ready to say "I want to be a Razorback" just yet, but it's certainly looks promising that he will do so in the future.

Williams, who caught 51 passes for 688 yards and 4 touchdowns last season, has offers from seven teams – Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Missisppi State, Vanderbilt and Tulsa.

"Everybody was about equal, but Arkansas is looking really, really good to tell you the truth," Williams said. "I really like all the coaches and all the people. I know I would have great fan support coming from Little Rock and after being a Razorback they tend to have great jobs. So Arkansas is looking really good."

Part of that was because of a personal tour he got of the campus from Arkansas assistant Danny Nutt a couple of weeks ago.

"The visit went really, really well," Williams said. "I met up with D-Nutt and he started taking me on a tour where I met all of the coaches, met Coach Houston Nutt and sit down and talked to him about the school and just college in general. I went to all the facilities, met the professors and everything went better than I expected. It went really, really good."

Is a commitment forthcoming soon?

"I am just going to wait until I am sure," Williams said. "It went me nice to go ahead and do it now to get everybody off my back, but I just want to be totally sure."

Williams, who caught 51 passes for 688 yards and 4 touchdowns this past season, has shown the last few days at the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 tournament and the HDN Camp, that he is a big man that can get separation from not only linebackers but cornerbacks.

"I think my good footwork kind of plays into everything," Williams said. "A lot of people are surprised at how fast I can move for someone my size."

He spent Friday morning with his CAC hoops squad at a Harding University basketball camp and missed his first three 7-on-7 games. When he and CAC junior tailback Ryan Farr both arrived from the camp, the Mustangs – then 1-2 - immediately won their next four games.

They would end up falling in the Sectional semifinals to Hot Springs Lakeside before splitting its final two games in the Alltel Shootout.

"We played good," Williams said. "The passes were good and everybody looked the ball in and tucked it. The team always starts slow, but comes along in the second or third game. I feel like I played good and we had a lot of other guys who are weapons."

Arkansas currently has five commitments – four of which are at Nutt's Camp this week in offensive lineman Seth Oxner (6-5, 295), tight end Grant Freeman (6-7, 255), tight end/defensive end Jake Bequette (6-5, 240) and Tulsa Jenks linebacker Tim Dial (6-3, 215).

Coveted Rogers offensive lineman Lee Ziemba (6-7, 295), Springdale kicker Alex Tejeda and Springdale linebacker Jamie Jones all stopped by to see the action on Sunday night.

o o o Williams was just one of the many stars on hand for Shooutout of the South, which was won by Allen (Texas) High.

Allen was led by senior quarterback Nathan Dick, who had seven touchdown passes in a 42-15 win over Warren in the championship game.

Allen barely got by Fayetteville 35-34 in the semifinals before taking down the Lumberjacks.

Dick (6-4, 200), the younger brother of UA quarterback Casey Dick, was named the Top QB and 6-5 junior Allen standout Dan Bucker was named the top wideout in the event.

Both Dick – who has seven offers and may commit by the end of the month - and Allen running back Charles Opeseyitan (5-10, 185, 4.43) – who has 15 - are hoping Arkansas offers them a scholarship in the near future.

Dick, Opeseyitan and Buckner will all be on hand for Arkansas' Seniors Camp on July 21-22.

"I want to go to Arkansas," said Opeseyitan, who visited Arkansas for its Red-White game on April 15 and will be back for camp in July. "What a beautiful campus and their fans are so great. Everywhere you went they were wearing red and yelling ‘Go Razorbacks.' I saw the Razorback and said "whoa, that is tight. This is where I want to go.' It is such a friendly environment, I already have friends up there and I want to bring Nathan with me."


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