Arkansas WR Snags NU Offer

With Nebraska picking up a player the caliber of Zachary Bowman in the 2005-2006 recruiting class, it has become apparent that the Cornhuskers don't mind having players who can excel on both sides of the ball. It appears that they have identified a young man from Arkansas who could fill that role in the upcoming recruiting year.

Damian Williams provides you with an excellent athlete overall.  Not only is he a tall, speedy wide receiver, but a very intelligent defensive back whose height allows him to lock up with wide receivers of varying sizes.  Standing 6' 2" and weighing in at 185 pounds, Williams currently reports a 4.46 40 yard dash, so he is no stranger to torching a track or two.  He dedicates himself in the classroom as well carrying a 3.8 GPA and scored a 22 on his most recent ACT. 

Williams did spend some time on injured reserve last year but managed to snag 31 passes for 545 yards and four touchdowns along with rushing for another 137 yards and two touchdowns.  Damian also spent time on the return teams in addition to his defensive work.  He was named to the All-Area, All-District and All-State teams for his junior campaign. 

To get an idea of just how big of a prospect Williams is, one merely has to look at his list of offers.  He currently reports them from Texas, LSU, Iowa, Tennessee, Arkansas, Tulsa, Missouri, Louisville, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Houston, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Florida, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech, UCLA, Kansas, Duke, Virginia, Michigan, Texas A&M, Stanford and Nebraska, not to mention interest from Florida State, Ole Miss and Alabama.

He plans on attending a Tulsa Team Camp from June 9th-11th along with camps at Arkansas and Texas.  He cites his strengths on offense as his devoting to film study, his knowledge of defensive coverage thanks to his defensive work, field awareness and solid hands.  On defense, he feels confident in knowing several tricks of the trade when it comes to making the play on a receiver.

In chatting with the soft-spoken young man from Springdale, Arkansas, he informed me that while several schools have entered themselves in the race for his services, no one has edged their way to the forefront just yet.  "Actually I've been getting a lot of mail from each school and it's pretty much evenly spread out," he said.  Damian's goal is to wait until the end of summer and then narrow his list down to five to ten schools that he feels will compliment him the best.

Damian's knowledge of Nebraska is somewhat limited at this point, but he maintains he is very interested in learning about several schools.  "Honestly, I don't know a whole lot. I know they've had a lot of great athletes and they've had a lot of people going into the pros.  They've had a lot of tradition, prestige, they're a very prestigious school and obviously they have good coaches because people are coming out and doing well at the next level," said Williams.

In talking to Williams about what factors will loom large in his eventual collegiate decision, it appears that Damian wants to show his stuff as soon as time is available and be around a staff that suits him just right.  "I'd like to go somewhere where I could play early maybe by my sophomore season if that's possible.  Right now, I'm trying to get a feel for the coaches and their programs so a quality coaching staff, people who know what they're talking about," he said.

Damian reports that he has gotten quite a bit of informational correspondence from Nebraska informing him about the traditions, players and other facets that make up the history of the school, so the Big Red appears to be keeping him informed.  As far as trips go, not a lot is set in stone, but one venture has been set up, it seems.  ‘I think we had a planned trip to Florida sometime in the next couple weeks," he said.  We will be sure to keep up with Damian as he learns more about his suitors and starts to narrow down his prospective lists.

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