D.J's Ready: Arkansas or OSU?

Central Arkansas Christian tight end David Williams (6-4, 245, 4.63) will announce whether he will play his college football for Arkansas or Oklahoma State during a press conference Monday morning at his school.

Central Arkansas Christian tight end David Williams says there is no reason to keep people waiting now that he is sure whether he wants to wear a red or orange jersey in college.

So Williams (6-4, 245, 4.63) will commit to either the University of Arkansas or Oklahoma State Monday morning at 10:15 a.m. during a press conference at his school, which sits on a place called Mustang Mountain.

"I know where I want to go," Williams said. "Really the deciding factor was the coaches. Both coaching staffs are good and both programs are going good. But this has been a distraction to our season and I want to get it out of the way so we can focus on winning more games."

Williams, who also goes by D.J. and has offers from Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Tulsa, said that the recruiting process has become quite tiring to him.

"It's been a hassle," Williams said. "You have to coaches almost every day and read letters from them. I am going to feel pretty good about having this over and done with."

He was in Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday afternoon t to see the Razorbacks rally to a thrilling 24-23 win over No. 22 Alabama in double overtime.

"I saw a team that didn't quit even when it had its back against the wall and that really was impressive to me and tells me a lot about where they are headed," Williams said. "It was pretty crazy there at the end. But none of the fans left and they all kept believing together. It was great to see all the players and the coaches and the fans so happy after the game. I really enjoyed it."

CAC head coach Tim Perry said Williams – who had 51 catches for 688 yards and 4 touchdowns and rushed 19 times for 81 yards as a junior - is a kid that he greatly admires for his commitment to getting better.

"First of all, his work ethic is really incredible," Perry said. "Even right now on Saturdays and Sundays during the season, he'll come in and lift weights on his own and run. He is always trying to get better. I love that about the kid. He is a team leader and will do whatever it takes to help his team."

Perry has lined up Williams – who has 11 catches for 113 yards and rushed 5 times for 42 yards in three game so far this season - at tight end, fullback and even wide receiver to take advantage of his versatility.

"He is a young man with the height, weight, size and speed and we are able to move him out and play him at wide receiver even," Perry said. "The average high school defensive back is not 6-foot-4, 245 pounds so we feel like we can get good matchups with him. He has great hands and runs well and is difficult for one person to bring down."

Williams, who had 132 tackles last season, has also been a standout on defense for the Mustangs for the past three years.

"As a sophomore he played defensive tackle, but as a junior and this year we have moved him to defensive end," Perry said. "We wanted to get him out on the edge and create some mismatches. With his ability to run, he can run with most average high school running backs and quarterbacks. With his size and speed, it's hard for anybody to get outside on us."

Williams didn't play in his team's 38-7 win at Mena on Friday night because of a slight injury, but was a big cheerleader on the sidelines as his team broke a two-game losing streak.

That had included a heartbreaking 36-34 loss to Pulaski Academy and follow-up defeat to Little Rock Christian in which the Mustangs finally kicked it in gear early instead of late.

"That felt really good," Williams said. "We finally put a first half together and came out strong. I think that happened because of our week in practice. We practiced a whole lot better and we focused a lot more than we did in the past two weeks."

CAC will play Fountain Lake this week in its first game since Williams will have announced he is a future Razorback or Cowboy.

"We feel like we started a new season and we have a chance to go out and win the rest of our games now," Williams said. "Fountain Lake is good and we are not going to underestimate them. We are just going to keep working hard."


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