Williams to join Mustain, Malzahn at Arkansas

Updated: January 30, 2006, 10:27 PM ET
Associated Press

SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- Damian Williams announced Monday he's planning to attend Arkansas, becoming the second prized recruit from Springdale to commit to the Razorbacks.

Williams, a wide receiver, joins quarterback Mitch Mustain, who thrilled the state two weeks ago when he said he would play at Arkansas. Mustain and Williams both had spectacular senior seasons while leading Springdale to the Class AAAAA championship.

Williams had said he was going to attend Florida, but now will apparently remain in his home state with Houston Nutt and the Razorbacks. Arkansas hired Gus Malzahn, Williams' coach at Springdale, as its offensive coordinator last month.

Mustain and Williams both flourished in Malzahn's spread offense last season, leading Springdale to a 14-0 season in which the Bulldogs outscored their opponents 664-118. Mustain threw for 3,817 yards and 47 touchdowns. Williams had 1,495 yards receiving and 24 touchdowns, and also rushed for 446 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Mustain received plenty of national attention this season -- he was named Parade Magazine player of the year and Gatorade player of the year. But Williams received the Landers Award as Arkansas' top player.

"I'm glad he's on board," Mustain said Monday.

Williams is the second Springdale offensive star to switch from Florida to Arkansas since Malzahn was hired. Tight end Ben Cleveland did earlier this month.

Springdale receiver Andrew Norman also has said he will attend Arkansas.

National signing day is Wednesday. The commitments can become official then.

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