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The Recruiting Guy:
Running back commit eager to show parents Fayetteville
Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte running back Maleek Williams
Arkansas running back commitment Maleek Williams will also make his official visit to Fayetteville this weekend.
He committed while on a visit to Arkansas in June.
Williams, 5-11, 215, 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash, of Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte picked the Hogs over approximately 17 scholarship offers, including ones from Illinois, North Carolina, Boston College, Kentucky, Tennessee and others.
Because Charlotte has a bye week, Williams, his mother, father and stepmother will arrive in Fayetteville on Friday morning or early afternoon.
"I love Fayetteville, but I haven't been on an official, so I really don't know what to expect," Williams said.
The personable and engaging Williams said he's told his parents about Fayetteville.
"I told them, 'You haven't been to a place like this,' " Williams said. "It's pretty place with all the mountains and stuff like that. We don't have that in Florida."
As a junior, Williams rushed 59 times for 664 yards, an 11.3-yard per-carry average, and had 12 touchdowns while splitting time with Elijah Mack, now a freshman at South Florida.
In five games this season, Williams has rushed 76 times for 745 yards and 9 touchdowns, including 14 carries for 243 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 63-20 victory over Cape Coral Island Coast on Friday.
The Fighting Tarpons scored a school-record 63 points in the first half.
"I felt in a groove, really," Williams said. "When I was going well, it caused everyone else to do good. We were doing a read option and our quarterback is fast, too. They literally didn't know who had the ball."
Williams predicts Arkansas' sell-out crowd will leave happy Saturday.
"I really, really, really think we're going to upset Alabama," he said.
Others expected to take official visits Arkansas this weekend includes: Michigan safety commitment J'Marick Woods, 6-4, 205, 4.6, of Florence, Ala.; Oklahoma State defensive end commitment Nelson Mbanasor, 6-3, 265, 4.9, of Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson; and Arkansas linebacker commitment Josh Paul, 6-2, 205, 4.76, of New Orleans De La Salle.
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Sports on 10/04/2016
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