The Other Bruins

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated and The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, Dudley E. Dawson writes about two Pulaski Academy stars. This story is sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. It's free and so is a special offer to attend a Razorback event on the Arkansas Toyota Dealers website. Click on a banner for details.

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Although USC running back commit Broderick Green and future Texas Tech signal caller Stefan Loucks get the lion's share of publicity for Pulaski Academy's football team, there a couple of other big-play offensive guys that are integral in the Bruins' success.

Junior wideout Cruz Williams (6-5, 200, 4.4) and senior receiver Brian Langford (5-10, 170) had several big plays of their own in Pulaski Academy's 36-34 win at Central Arkansas Christian Friday night.

Williams, coming in off a game where he had 5 catches for 155 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 57-47 win at Forrest City, hauled in 4 passes for 94 yards (all in the first half) against CAC and also made a huge defensive play that kept the Mustangs from tying it late.

The ever-clutch Langford (5-10, 170) caught 12 passes for 120 yards, one a tipped fourth down touchdown pass that likely saved the game for his team.

"We have guys on this team that get a lot of press and rightfully so, but definitely Cruz and Brian are as important as anybody,' PA head coach Kevin Kelly said. "They have proven that time and again and tonight (Friday) was no exception."

Williams is also an outstanding basketball player, but appears headed to the football field in college right now.

"Last year Cruz was potential, this year he has realized potential," Kelly said. "He had 5 catches for 155 yards against Forrest City and two of the best catches you will ever see in your life. Cruz is always a threat. He is a big-time receiver."

The 2008 prospect is a young man with the unquestioned size, speed and playmaking ability that – in my humble opinion – needs to be getting an offer from Arkansas right now.

It doesn't hurt that Williams – who was one of the select players invited by Arkansas to its USC game - is someone who unabashedly claims to be a Razorback fan in a day when the cool thing to do among recruits is act aloof toward any school.

"I love the Razorbacks, root for them to win and would love to play up there," Williams said. "The atmosphere was just great for the USC game up there and I can see myself playing in front of that crowd one day."

He is also a fan of new UA offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, sophomore star tailback Darren McFadden and new Razorback starting quarterback Mitch Mustain.

"I think Arkansas Razorbacks new offensive coordinator is doing a good job," Williams said. "They are passing the ball a lot more, getting it down field. D-Dog (McFadden) is doing his thing and getting the ball a lot like he should, but the receivers are also catching the ball downfield. It would be great to play with the nation's top quarterback in Mitch Mustain."

Langford is one of the smaller players on the field - and his listed 5-10 may be stretching it a bit – but he is a flat-out football player who makes big plays.

"He had 12 catches last week and 13 this week and he is underrated only because of his size," Kelly said. "We have had a lot of D-1s look at him while the D-IIs all want him and are offering him. He practices hard, he works hard and his upside potential is great. His intelligent, he catches the ball and he has always been a clutch players and one of the best clutch players I have had in 14 years of coaching."

Evidence of that was his coming down with a tipped pass in the end zone when CAC had rallied from a 28-7 halftime deficit to a 28-28 deadlock with just a few minutes left in the game.

The play was a 4th and goal from the 14.

"Oh my gosh," Langford said. "I was standing there in the back of the end zone and Stefan didn't put enough air underneath it. I started to panic and then the ball got tipped. It seemed like it was in the air five minutes before it came down to me."

That further validated Kelly's opinion that Langford – who is drawing interest from Princeton, Harvard, Tulsa and Arkansas State and some from Arkansas - is the glue to his high-powered team.

"I agree with him," Langford said. "Broderick and Stefan do get a lot of publicity and Cruz Williams is starting to get a lot of publicity. I've always just tried to do my job. I don't really care who gets the publicity as long as we win."

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Green made it clear he is solidly committed to USC after the game on Friday night.

"About the whole commitment thing, I had to straighten it out," Green said. "A lot of people have been talking to me, saying I was a soft commit and didn't think I wanted to go to that school (USC).

"But that is the school that I committed to and I want everybody to know that is my number one school right now," Green continued. "I am going to continue to check out my options and everything. My parents want me to make sure I am making the right decision. So I agree to it and I am going to look for myself as well."

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