Moments after ending his recruiting process and pledging to sign with the University of Arkansas on Monday morning, Central Arkansas Christian standout tight end David Williams turned from being recruited to being a recruiter.
He had a message for fellow Arkansas standouts in Rogers offensive lineman Lee Ziemba, Fort Smith Northside quarterback Kodi Burns and Pulaski Academy running back Broderick Green, who is currently committed to USC and joins the other three in comprising the best four 2007 prospects in the state.
"I want to just say to Lee Ziemba and Kodi Burns and even Broderick Green – who can still change his mind - that they need come get on board at Arkansas, too," Williams said. "We all need to go to the same college so we can have a good team. So you know what to do, go ahead and do it."
The Razorback coaching staff no doubt hopes that the other three do eventually join Williams (6-4, 245), a versatile offensive and defensive player who used a press conference at his school Monday morning to announce he was committing to Arkansas over co-finalist Oklahoma State.
"I knew about five days ago," Williams said. "It just kind of came out of nowhere. I was talking to (UA assistant coach) Danny Nutt and realized that I wouldn't mind playing for him. Really I just liked Arkansas more and there was no pointing in waiting if I knew where I was going. So I wanted to just do it now."
He was at Reynolds Razorback Stadium Saturday on an unofficial visit to see the Razorbacks' thrilling 24-23 win over No. 22 Alabama in double overtime.
"I pretty much knew I was going to be there and that just put icing on the cake with a win like that," Williams said. "I think they have a bright future with a lot of young players and they are going to win some games and have pretty good years and I want to be a part of it."
Williams, who caught 51 passes for 688 yards and 4 touchdowns last season, rushed 19 times for 82 yards and had 132 tackles last season, also had scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Tulsa.
He has caught 11 passes for 113 yards and rushed 5 times for 42 years with over 30 tackles in the three games he has played so far this season. Williams did not play for CAC (2-2) in last Friday's 38-7 win at Mena to rest a slight injury.
"I can get the focus off where I am going to go and focus on winning games," Williams said. "It will stop all the phone calls and help me cut down a little bit and focus on the CAC Mustangs."
Williams is expected to line up on offense at Arkansas although he knows that UA defensive coordinator Reggie Herring would love to have him on his side of the ball.
That offensive role would likely see him catching the ball and running the ball out of the backfield like current H-back Peyton Hillis and also being used in a similar fashion that Arkansas is using true freshman Ben Cleveland in a hybrid tight end/wideout/H-back role.
Cleveland already has three touchdown catches this season, including one that tied the game in the second overtime on Saturday and allowed Jeremy Davis' PAT to win it for Arkansas.
"They can see me obviously backing up Ben Cleveland and mostly at the H-back role - which Peyton Hillis plays – and moving me out because they said I can catch pretty good, block and run," Williams said. "That is pretty much what I do here so they would try me out at that position."
Williams did say while he thought about the limited touches Hillis had seen in the past two games – after two-plus years of seeing plenty of the ball - he basically thinks that is a blip on the radar screen.
"I will say that I had some concern about that, but the key is they are doing what it takes to win and I think we'll see him getting back into it before long," Williams said. "They certainly done some stuff with Ben Cleveland that I would love doing."
He is anxious to catch passes from Arkansas starting quarterback Mitch Mustain, who was the Parade national high school player of the year and the top quarterback in the country in 2006 according to Scout.com.
"He (Mustain) was the national player of the year and he is just getting better," Williams said. "I heard he throws a good ball and he is a good leader and I wouldn't mind playing with him and him being the captain on the team."
Arkansas played some major catch up with Williams, who had Oklahoma State as his solid leader in the spring before Danny Nutt helped get him turned around.
"I'd just say the more time I spent talking to Danny Nutt, who is a great recruiter and a great guy . He is a really big part of why I am going to choose at Fayetteville."
This was not one of those situations where a kid grew up wanting to play for Arkansas noted Williams, who moved from Dallas six years ago after his mother was a victim of domestic abuse.
"About six years ago, I didn't know what Pig Sooie was and thought it was pretty ridiculous," Williams said. "I didn't know anything about the Razorbacks at all and didn't even play football at the time. But from being around all the Arkansas people know I think it is a great program. The fans were great Saturday and they showed a lot of support. It is funny how it all ended up."
Asked by a TV reporter if there was anything that could happen to change his mind, Williams said he would have to think about things if there was any kind of coaching shake-up.
"I would definitely have to put some thought into it because I want to play for Houston Nutt and Danny Nutt," Williams said. "I am committed to the coaching staff and the program."
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