RECRUITING: Arkansas WR researching OU

Springdale, Ark. receiver Damian Williams talks about his game, early offers and interest in OU.


Damian Williams plays on one of the best prep teams in the country and has emerged as one of the premiere wide receivers in the country.

Williams will be three-year starter next season and he will double as a safety on defense. Last season, Williams had 975 all-purpose yards with 130 rushing, 545 receiving, and 300 in kick and punt returns. Williams scored eight touchdowns and caught 35 passes as well.

"I am a physical receiver that can go deep or go up and make the tough catch, so I can be used as a possession receiver as well. I work hard and I never take a play off. I play with pride in my game and I know I can make a difference in games."

Williams' stats would have been much better, but in Arkansas they have a 35-point mercy rule and Springdale (12-1) was so good that he only played in the first half in nine games last year and missed three others with a high ankle sprain.

Williams can bench 235 pounds and he has a 35-inch vertical jump. He also starts in baseball in the outfield and pitches. Williams attended the Iowa camp last summer and went to the team camp in Tulsa.

"This summer, our team has several events planned, so I am going to be very busy," said Williams. "We are going to Los Angeles to participate in the national seven-on-seven competition. We are also returning to Hoover, Ala. to defend our title at the Southeast Select Tournament, which is a seven-on-seven competition. Between the team camps and the seven-on-seven competitions, I want to work in a visit or two to some universities this summer."

"Right now I am interested in the all the schools that have offered, and even some schools that haven't offered yet," said Williams. "I am just trying to find a school that can fit what I am looking for. I have been offered by Texas, Oklahoma, LSU, Iowa, Tennessee, Arkansas, Tulsa, Missouri, Louisville, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Houston and Michigan State.

So what will Williams be looking for in a potential college suitor?

"I am looking for a program that has a great coaching staff that is going to be there for a while. The program must be one of great character, and it would be great if it was a winning program. I am looking for a program with great facilities and I want to go to a program where I can contribute early. I want to find a program that has an offense where the passing game is a major factor in that offense, but most of the schools I am looking at throws the football pretty well."

And what are Williams thoughts on Oklahoma?

"I know they are a prestigious football program and a football powerhouse. I know that they have a great history and they have been one of the most successful programs recently. I don't know much about their coaching staff, but I am sure I will learn more as the recruiting process continues. I have never been there, but from what I have learned through my research I know they have a good academic program and they have good facilities. I am flattered that OU has offered me and I have a legitimate interest in Oklahoma."

Williams has qualified.

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