Williams, Future Horns Air It Out In Austin

Nearly all of Texas' 19 commits for 2007 convened for the first time in Austin Sunday as part of the first of two Longhorn football mini-camps for prep standouts. Inside Texas caught up with Four-Star WR Malcolm Williams, fresh off of his first session of pass-and-catch with both of Texas' highly touted QB verbals.

The 6-3, 205-pound Garland-product (Scout.com's national No. 6 at his position) was at the Forty Acres for Sunday's Day-Camp, but the seven hours on campus gave Williams the chance not only to meet future teammates but to get some work in with Five-Star QB John Brantley (Trinity Catholic, Florida) and Four-Star QB John Chiles (Mansfield Summit).

"There were a lot of Texas commits out there. I would say the majority of the commits were there," Williams said, adding that he hit it off immediately with Chiles and with Five-Star O-lineman Tray Allen (South Grand Prairie). "The Day-Camp was for all the (Texas) commits to come in and get used to each other. It was also for people who want to come (to Texas) but it was, basically, for us (commits) to get to know each other. We all just came in, threw the ball around and had fun."

Williams spent most of the day working with the QBs and other WRs, while RBs and O-linemen trained with their respective position coaches.

"As far as the overall format, we were all with each other but each one of us was working on his own thing by running routes and stuff. We got the feel for how Texas really does things. We got to break-it-down by position. It was spaced-out but we were all together at the end."

The benefit of William's day-trip to Denius Field, other than laying the groundwork for team chemistry, was "learning routes and getting into a groove with the quarterbacks who are going to be at Texas. I got into a kind of groove with John Chiles while running my routes. We can start to get our timing down and stuff like that."

Williams committed March 25 during the second Junior Day at Texas. Texas A&M offered in January, but he was also heavily recruited by the likes of Oklahoma, Miami, Alabama, LSU and Arkansas. Williams initially stated that he was leaning toward making his decision following his senior season but narrowed his choices to Texas, Texas A&M, Florida, Notre Dame and Texas Tech. A selling point was Williams' desire to play close to home as well as Longhorn WR Coach Bobby Kennedy.

"He's a great coach. I love Coach Kennedy. It's both his personality and knowledge of the game. He knows what he's doing. He's been a wide receiver coach for a while now. He knows how to coach wide receivers. That helps me out a lot. It helps me to get better. As far as his personality, he's just a great guy to be around. He's fun to be around."

A broken foot limited Williams to six games during his junior year, when he snagged 17 passes for 268 yards and four TDs. He also played running back, safety and returned kicks. Williams will only get stronger and faster -- he currently runs a 4.5 -- by the time he records his first reception as a Longhorn, but his combination of size and speed already makes him a tough kid to lasso in the open field.

Williams does not plan to attend any of UT's other camps, and so the parting advice Texas coaches gave him was simply this: "Stay healthy and have fun your season year. Don't try to do to much to try to impress them (UT coaches), but just have fun."

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