Terrell Williams, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound three-star safety/wide receiver from Union High School (Edison Prep transfer) in Tulsa, Okla., just returned from his second official visit. He tripped to Arkansas on Jan. 9.
“It went real good,” Williams said. “It was a real good trip and I liked meeting all the players and coaches. They seem like good people. The coaches are good and I like their future. I really like their plans for building the program.
“They’ve got a young team and played a lot of freshman this year,” he said. “They’ve got a great 2009 recruiting class and they should really be making some noise in the SEC in the next few years.”
Williams says that there were about 14 total recruits visiting the Razorbacks this weekend, but doesn’t believe anyone committed. “Everybody had a real great time and was impressed, but I don’t think anybody committed who wasn’t already committed.
“It was crazy because there were a lot of guys there that I knew,” he said.
“A lot of guys I’d seen around at camps and junior days and stuff. I got to hang a little with (four-star running back) Ronnie Wingo (from St. Louis University High School in Missouri) and (three-star wide receiver) Cobi Hamilton (from Texas High School in Texarkana, Texas),” he said.
“Plus there was another dude named (three-star running back) Turrell Williams (Central High School in West Helena, Ark.), except he spells it with a ‘u,’” Williams said. “We chilled and got along well too. He’s already committed to Arkansas.”
His player-host was freshman wide receiver Joe Adams. “He’s a cool dude,” he said. “I enjoyed hanging with him and everyone seemed really down-to-earth. He was a top recruit too and had offers from places like USC, but chose Arkansas. He says he really believes in what they are trying to do.”
Besides the people at Arkansas, Williams says he was also impressed with their campus and facilities. “The campus is nice,” he said. “I really liked the dorms. They call them quads and it’s basically like a large living room you share with four separate rooms. It’s pretty cool because it’s like having four roommates and they’ve got quads for athletes only.”
But as much as he enjoyed the campus at Fayetteville, Williams says one of the highlights of his trip was going out to eat the first night. “On Friday night we went to this place called The Catfish Hole and it was crazy. We walked in and there was a huge crowd of people there and they were all cheering and chanting for the Hogs. It felt like it was game day and made me think about what it’s like there during football season.”
Although Williams denies a leader, he admitted that his visit to Arkansas has moved them up his list. “They definitely moved up,” he said. “I had only been there one other time and didn’t really get a good feel for them. The visit really impressed me more than I thought it would. They are one of my favorite teams now. It’s gonna be a tough choice.”
He says that along with the Razorbacks he also likes Colorado and Ole Miss. Those three now lead slightly over Tennessee, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Oregon State, although the Beavers seem like a long shot at this point as Williams says he’d rather stay “a little closer to home.”
Williams already visited Colorado on Dec. 12 and will be visiting Kansas on Jan. 17, Ole Miss on Jan. 24 and Tennessee on Jan. 31.
“I like the tradition at Tennessee and I’m eager to meet the new coaches,” he said. “I want to see what they’ve got planned for the future. I also have a few friends that go there already.”
Although Williams is ranked as the No. 37 safety in the country by Scout.com, he says that both Ole Miss and Oregon State are recruiting him as a wide receiver.
He says he likely won’t make an announcement until signing day. “I want to go where I’ll feel I’ll have the best chance to come in and play early,” he said. “I’d really like to start as soon as possible.”
Williams plans to major in either mechanical engineering or sports medicine. He reports a 3.7 core GPA and a 20 ACT.