Patient Cruz

Pulaski Academy's Cruz Wiliams (6-4, 190, 4.4) shines at this weekend's AAO Top 25 basketball event, but it's football and the University of Arkansas which could very well end up as his college combo.

Pulaski Academy's Cruz Williams was one of the top players at this weekends AAO Top 25 basketball event, but he knows football is going to pay the bills in college.

Theres no secret which school he'd like to foot those bills as evidenced by this comment Saturday afternoon about the possibility of him and Central Arkansas Christian wideout Joe Adams getting scholarship offers in the near future from the University of Arkansas.

"If the Razorbacks put an offer down right now, I am most likely going to commit," Williams said. "Me and my boy Joe Adams we play on the same AAU team and have known each other for the longest. Once we do get these offers from Arkansas I think we are just going to go ahead and commit."

Williams (6-4, 190, 4.4) who already has an offer from Tulsa - and Adams (6-1, 185, 4.3) are two of the top wideout prospects in the 2008 class and both took in the UA's Junior Day back on Feb. 24.

"Junior Day was real good and it just felt like home at Arkansas," Williams said. "I saw a lot of my friends, got to talk to most of the coaches, got to see the locker rooms and dorms and it was just all real good."

Williams, who caught 57 passes for 1,158 yards and 18 touchdowns for Class 5A runner-up Pulaski Academy (12-2) last season, got a chance to talk with new UA offensive coordinator and former Dallas Cowboys assistant David Lee, who has vowed to bring a more pro-type passing game to the Razorback program.

"Once they bring that passing game on in there, they are really going to be good," Williams said. "I have always been a fan of Arkansas and loved the Razorbacks, but when they get more passing, I am really, really going to love it there then."

He was certainly thrilled to get an offer from Tulsa, which happened soon after former Arkansas offensive coordinator and current Tulsa co-offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn visited Pulaski Academy.

"I had no idea they were going to offer me, but after they came to see Broderick at school before he made his choice and they offered me, too," Williams said. "I've known Coach Malzahn for the longest."

Speaking of USC signee Green, there has been speculation that his contentious recruitment involving the Razorbacks, might work against Arkansas with Williams.

"That won't affect me any," Williams said. "That was his personal choice and he had to do what he wanted to do. I congratulate him on that and give him a round of applause, but I'll make my own choice and it will have nothing to do with him."

In addition to the offer from Tulsa and the interest from Arkansas, there are two other programs chasing Williams.

"Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State are on me pretty good," Williams said. "I'm definitely going to take visits there and come back to Arkansas."

Williams football and basketball seasons both ended with disappointing losses with the grid team falling 56-55 to Greenwood in the state championship game.

He had 6 catches for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns in that contest.

"That was really tough especially since we had the lead and they scored late," Williams said of a touchdown allowed with just 12 seconds left in the game.

His basketball team's season ended in the state quarterfinals to Arkadelphia.

"They were hitting everything they put up," Williams said. "I'm not going to lie. That was a very good basketball team. We just couldn't pull it out."

Williams said that he really enjoys both of the sports he stars in.

"I love playing basketball and football - they are my two favorite sports," Williams said. "I came last year to this Top 25 camp and really enjoyed it and decided to come back with Trey this year."

He got a chance to attend the camp this year along with Little Rock Parkview hoops star Trey Finn (6-1, 205), who the Razorback basketball program is recruiting and with whose family that Williams lives.

"We are real good friends and actually call each other brothers because we live with each other and play AAU ball together," Williams said. "He can shoot the ball, he can drive and splash. He can play any kind of position you need him to play. He is also very coachable."

That's one thing that Williams counts among his strengths on both the football field and basketball court.

"In both football and basketball, I think I have become more coachable than I have been the last few years," Williams said. "I think in basketball I do a good job of taking the ball to the rack and posting up and getting big. In football, it's catching the football ball, tucking it and making big plays."

Williams will back in Northwest Arkansas on April 6-8 when his Arkansas Kings AAU team competes in the Real Deal on the Hill AAU Basketball Tournament.

He'll join such standouts as Finn, Adams, Pulaski Academy's Anson Bartlett and Little Rock Parkview's Dewan Clayborne and Trent Cooksey on the squad.

He's also looking forward to the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 event in Little Rock on June 15-16.

"Coach Kelly told me that he thinks Hoover (Ala.) and Southlake Carroll are both going to be down," Williams said. "I love going against those teams from states like Oklahoma and Texas and other states. It's all about going against great competition and getting better."


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