Williams makes it official

Slidell, La., wide receiver Armand Williams (6-3, 195) went official with his commitment to Arkansas on Sunday.

If there was any doubt about Slidell (LA) wideout Armand Williams' big play ability, he took care of that in the Max Emfinger All-Star game a couple of weekends ago.

The new 6-3, 195-pound University of Arkansas commit - one of two receivers going public with their verbal pledges to the Razorbacks on Sunday - caught 3 passes for 210 yards and 2 touchdowns.

He hauled in scoring catches of 91 and 64 yards with a 55 yarder non-scoring reception tossed in for good measure while showing off his 4.47 speed in the 40-yard dash.

"It was a great game for me and I had a lot of fun getting loose for those scores," said Williams, whose vertical jump has been measured at 42 inches. "I hope it showed everybody that can play on the high major level in the SEC."

Williams, who had some 30 football and basketball offers from a variety of college levels, privately committed to the Razorbacks on his visit Dec. 18-20 and decided to go public with it on Sunday.

The Razorbacks were the only SEC team among that bunch and caused him to veer away from an earlier commit to Northern Illinois and a planned visit to Tulsa.

"The opportunity to play with the best players in college football in the best conference in America is just what any competitor wants to do," Williams said. "And Arkansas? I mean what's not to like. It's got everything. Great coaches, great facilities and a great offense led by a great quarterback."

LSU came into the picture late and was apparently poised to offer if it could get a guarantee from Williams he would immediately accept.

"I told my coach that it was too late and that they were coming after me a week before signing date after Arkansas had been on me from when they first found out about me," Williams said. "I wanted to reward the faith they showed in me."

Williams was at first told by the UA staff that he would likely redshirt his first season.

When Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino and assistant Reggie Johnson arrived for his home visit last week, things have been clarified a little bit.

"When they got the tape of that game, the Arkansas coaches told me wanted to give me a shot at being a big-play wide receiver for them next season," Williams said. "We know I need to get stronger so they came up with this plan of me getting up there, enrolling in summer school and taking six hours and being in the weight room for 17 days and then re-assessing things. I'm going to give it everything I have got to get ready."

That was music to Williams' ears because he would love to be able to play next season and catch a pass from Arkansas' celebrated starting quarterback Ryan Mallett.

"When I was up there, they didn't know whether he was going to be back at that time," Williams said. "But now he is coming back and I would just love to get on the field and catch passes from him next season. It would be one of the best things that has ever happen to me in my life."

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