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The Recruiting Guy:
Razorback DT target an 'animal' on the field
Arkansas assistant coach Jeff Traylor speaks Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, with members of the media in the Fred W. Smith Football Center on the university campus in Fayetteville.
Highly recruited defensive tackle Carl Williams, who’s on an official visit to Arkansas, is one of the strongest prospects in Texas.
Williams, 6-4, 324 pounds of Lufkin, Texas, used his overpowering strength to record 56 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 4 sacks and 3 forced fumbles as a junior.
At the Texas High School Powerlifting Association state meet on March 24, Williams bench pressed 360 pounds, squatted 655 and had a 600-pound dead lift for a total of 1,615 pounds.
Defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Cam Davis said Williams’ brute force is a key component of who he is.
“His strength is his best attribute,” Davis said.
Williams holds scholarship offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Minnesota, Houston and others.
“He’s a great character kid,” Davis said. “He’s the biggest kid in the room.”
Davis said Williams has an impressive work ethic and the ability to turn into a terror on the field despite being a gentle soul off the field.
“He shows up for work every day,” Davis said. “You don’t have to beg him to work. He’s a kind-hearted and nice guy off the field. Now he’s an animal on the field.”
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