RECRUITING: Damian has lot to be thankful for

On a weekend for all of us to be thankful, the Florida Gators football staff is very thankful for the commitment of star wide receiver Damian Williams of Springdale (AR). With 33 touchdowns already this year on a team loaded with offensive talent, Williams could prove to be the gem in a class of receivers that should rate against the best anywhere. Williams Springdale team is ranked eighth nationally ad has a chance to win the state title with one more win.

(Damian Williams profile)

Just yesterday in a playoff victory, Williams had 4 catches for 118 yards and 6 rushes for 100 yards. He had 5 touchdowns and one called back that would have made 6 touchdowns and he also had touchdown catches of 21, 60 and 21 yards and runs of 60 and 55 yards.

The 6-0, 177 pound four-star Williams has a lot to be thankful for. A lot he has earned, but there are also some things that have helped him along the way to the great success he has achieved.

"I am thankful for my parents, they put a lot of effort in my football career," he said Wednesday. "I am thankful for my health and strength. I am thankful for Jesus Christ. He has helped me through a lot of things. I am thankful for my teammates and coaches."

He has 33 touchdowns in a state where they enforce the mercy rule. In Arkansas, if a team holds a 25 point lead, the clock doesn't stop for anything. This makes games shorter, and statistics harder to pile up. Williams hardly sees time in the second half, even playing the likes of national powerhouses Jenks (OK) and Shreveport (LA) Evangel.

The Florida Gators have struggled this year trying to implement their new offensive system. Williams understand the problems they are having and is anxious to come in and be a part of the fix.

"It's a new team and a new head coach and system," Williams said of the Gators struggles. "They are doing a great job with what they have and are just getting acclimated to a new system. The offense is very similar to the offense we already run, and I will be acclimated to the system when I do get there. I should fit in pretty good."

With the busy high school season, Williams hasn't been able to take his official visit just yet to see the Gators. That is going to happen after he takes care of business on the field. Williams will probably visit Gainesville in early January.

"They are going to get me to take an official probably directly after Christmas break," he said. "They are telling me to enjoy my senior year and they will roll out the carpet for my visit."

Of course being so close to the University of Arkansas, Williams is still being recruited hard by the Hogs. That doesn't seem to matter much, even with all the rumors about Springdale Head Coach Guss Malzahn possibly heading to Arkansas when the season is over.

"Yes sir, they know I am committed to Florida," Williams said. "They are just trying to make a late run, but I am committed to Florida. If coach goes to Arkansas, I will be happy for him, but I am committed to Florida like I said."

While Damian is thankful for a lot of things, the Florida Gators have much to be thankful as well when Damian finally arrives on campus decked out in Orange and Blue so he can continue his legacy of piling up the touchdowns, this time for the Florida Gators.

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