Cards offer Arkansas standout Damian Williams

<b>FOOTBALL RECRUITING</B> Junior standout <b>Damian Williams</b>, a 6-0, 177-pound wide receiver prospect from Springdale, Arkansas, already sports scholarship offers from several big-time programs, including one from the Louisville Cardinals.

Springdale all-purpose junior Damian Williams now has seven scholarship offers and more are expected in the future. It would be very understandable if all of the recent attention he has gotten had gone to Springdale junior star Williams' head.

But that's not the makeup of Williams, who now has offers from Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee, Louisville, Missouri , Iowa and Tulsa and will likely soon have one from Texas, where Springdale junior quarterback Mitch Mustain will visit this weekend for a Junior Day.

Williams will be in Louisiana with Springdale's baseball team this weekend.

"It's a little bit overwhelming, but I don't let it get to me and I know the best way to handle everything is to stay humble," Williams said. "Certainly I am honored, but I also don't see it as that big a deal. I'm one of those guys who doesn't believe his press clippings and just continues to work hard and push it."

Williams is coming off a season where he missed a bit of time due to injury, but still produced plenty of highlights on offense, defense and on in the return game.

He hauled in 31 passes for 545 yards and four touchdowns, rushed for another 137 yards and two touchdowns, returned two kickoffs for an average of 58 yards per return with one TD and also averaged 13.1 on punt returns and took it to the house another time.

"He is such a versatile athlete that can just do so many things on a football field whether it be at wide receiver, running back or at safety," Springdale head coach Gus Malzahn said. "He's getting all these offers because coaches want him on the team and will figure out where he is best suited for later."

He is not yet sure of what camps he will attend this summer because of the 7-on-7 schedule, but does know he and the other Springdale standouts will be visiting Arkansas for a Junior Day.

Williams, who was born in Louisiana, knows there are plenty of Razorback fans who would love to see him sign with Arkansas when it comes time.

"They are certainly one of the teams that I am very interested in," Williams said. "But I want to keep all my options open. Everybody is on equal footing right now and I don't really have a leader."


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