Shootout of the South

Pulaski Academy star and University of Arkansas commit Cruz Williams is just one of the many top wideouts that will be on hand Friday and Saturday for the 24-team Shootout of the South in Little Rock.

Those making it out to the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 Tournament in Little Rock on Friday and Saturday will see talented wideouts galore.

There's University of Arkansas commit Cruz Williams (6-5, 205) of Pulaski Academy, Texas commit Dan Bucker of Allen, Warren's duo of Jarious Wright and Greg Childs and CAC's dynamic Joe Adams to name just a few of the stars in the 24-team event.

"It's going to be great," Williams said during a break at the Houston Nutt Football Camp this week. "There are so many great wide receivers who are going to be there and I want to rise up and meet the challenge and try to be the best one there."

Action will get underway at 11 a.m. Friday morning with pool play at the Mighty Bluebird Soccer Fields and bracket play gets underway at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.

The championship game is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

In addition to 16 Arkansas teams, there will be teams from Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana on hands.

"It is going to be great competition with a lot of great players and a lot of great teams," Williams said. "It is one of the things that I really look forward to during the summer."

Williams, who committed to the Razorbacks back in May, sparkled at Houston Nutt Football Camp in Fayetteville earlier this week.

"Coming up here just felt like being home and they treated me like royalty," Williams said. "It doesn't get any better than this."

Williams, who had 57 catches for 1,200 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, chose Arkansas over Michigan, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech and Mississippi State and he was beginning to get interest from USC.

"When I committed, all the pressure went off of me," Williams said. "I am a Razorback and I don't have to worry about any other coaches calling me or texting me because they know I am a Razorback through and through."

Williams – named the camp's top wide receiver - was excited about working with Camden Fairview quarterback and fellow UA commit Jim Youngblood (6-3, 217) at the camp.

"He's a great quarterback and I am glad he is going to be a Razorback, too," Williams said. "Hopefully we can get several more in Arkansas like (Camden Fairview's) De'Anthony Curtis and Joe Adams and some others."

Allen, behind what turned out to be Arkansas quarterback signee Nathan Dick, won last year's Shootout of the South title.

Pulaski Academy returns Williams, but will be lining up with new starters at quarterback in Spencer Keith, running back in D.J. Daniel and wideout with 6-6 Neal Barlow.

That group excelled by winning the Sonic Air Raid Event in Searcy in early June and then finishing second at the Music City Invitational in Nashville – where Williams was named the co-MVP of the event.

"We got an upcoming junior in Spencer Keith who is going to be a great one and a very good wide receiver in Neal Barlow, who is 6-6 and going to take a lot of pressue off me with double teams and stuff like that.

"D.J. Daniel will be our running back," Williams added. "He has got a lot of quickness and speed and runs a 4.49. Once he gets past you, you are not catching him."

Williams will probably approach – if not go over – 100 catches this season for head coach Kevin Kelly's pass-happy Bruins.

"Coach Kelly has come to me several times to tell me I am going to the go-to guy, the captain and this and that," Williams said. "I welcome the responsibility because it is my time to step up.

"My goal is to just go in and catch every ball thrown to me," Williams said, "and help get our team back to War Memorial Stadium for the state championship game."


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