Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Top junior RB to visit Razorbacks
Arkansas running backs coach Joel Thomas didn’t waste time contacting junior running back Rawleigh Williams III on Sept. 1, the first day college coaches could contact junior prospects via e-mail, Twitter or Facebook.
“He was one of the first guys to message me,” said Williams, who was contacted by direct message on Twitter.
Williams, 5-10, 200, 4.53 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Dallas Bishop Lynch is an Ole Miss commitment and is planning to visit Arkansas for the Texas A&M game on Saturday. He had 191 carries for 1,191 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore.
The Rebels are his lone scholarship offer but he expects to see others coming in the future.
“I’m just being patient, my time is coming,” said Williams, who reports numerous others showing strong interest, including Texas A&M, Alabama, UCLA, California, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Going into the Rutgers’ game, running backs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams were the No. 3 and No. 7 rushers in the nation.
“It shows they run the ball as much as they do,” Williams said.
Thomas hasn’t promised a scholarship offer but has let Williams know the Hogs like his ability.
“He’s talking up the program and talking up how much they’re interested in me,” he said.
He said the Hogs are one of the schools sending the most mail.
“They send me a lot, “ Williams said. “They’re one of the ones up there.”
Williams had no answer when asked what it would take to flip him from the Rebels.
“I have no clue right now,” Williams said. “I’m still committed to Ole Miss. I just want to enjoy the recruiting process and see what else is out there.”
He said communicates with Thomas about three to four times a week on Twitter. He said he perfers Twitter over Faceback when it comes to messaging with coaches.
“I’m just on Twitter more, I’m really never on Facebook,” Williams said. “I only have one because of college coaches . Twitter is just more convenient for me.”