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FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas gained its seventh commitment over the weekend when Marshall (Texas) wide receiver Savion Williams jumped on board with a verbal pledge. 

Williams, 6-4, 195, went public with his decision via Twitter last Saturday afternoon, becoming the Razorbacks’ third wide receiver commitment and their fourth overall from Texas for the Class of 2020. He chose the Hogs over other offers from Baylor, TCU, Missouri, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Illinois, Indiana and several others.

Williams’ decision comes one week after his official visit in Fayetteville. He was recruited to the Hill by wide receivers’ coach Justin Stepp and associate head coach/running backs’ coach Jeff Traylor, who recruits east Texas for the Razorbacks.

“Coach [Chad] Morris, Coach Stepp and Coach Traylor, they treat me like family and like I belong there,” Williams said. “With the people that are coming in before me and with me coming, we can turn the program around. I truly believe that.”

The big receiver from Marshall High is Arkansas’ third wide receiver commitment for the Class of 2020, joining four-star Ze’Vian Capers of Cumming (Ga.) Denmark and three-star Mason Mangum of Austin (Texas) Westlake.

Arkansas first hosted Williams on an unofficial visit in the spring of 2018. 

The Razorbacks officially offered him on September 7, and had him back on campus for another unofficial visit on March 9, 2019. 

Williams was one of five prospects in Fayetteville for an official visit last weekend, and officially committed to the Hogs on Thursday after Traylor made a spring evaluation trip to Marshall High.

Following his official visit in Fayetteville last weekend, Williams initially stated that he was going to visit Kansas in a few weeks and come to a final decision in June. 

He said his tight-knit relationship with Arkansas’ coaching staff was the biggest draw to the UA.

“My relationship with the coaches is tight, we’re really close,” Williams said. “We talk all the time. They’ve given me a good idea of where I’ll fit in but we didn’t sit and watch tape yet.”

According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Williams is a three-star prospect, the No. 139 wide receiver in the country, and the No. 102 player in the state of Texas. 

247Sports’ own rankings has Williams rated considerably higher as the nation’s No. 85 wide receiver and the No. 61 prospect in the Lone Star State.

In addition to the three wide receivers, Arkansas also has commitments from tight end Allen Horace of Crockett (Texas), four-star offensive lineman Ty’Kieast Crawford of Carthage (Texas), defensive end/outside linebacker Jashaud Stewart of Jonesboro (Ark.), and cornerback Jamie Vance of New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr.

The Razorbacks plan to sign at least four wide receivers in this year’s class, which is a high number considering the Hogs landed four, four-star receivers in the 2019 cycle.

However, Ze’Vian Capers is still taking visits and leaving the door open for programs like Tennessee and South Carolina, so the Razorbacks are covering their bases at this point.

There’s a good chance the Hogs will add yet another wide receiver to the commitment list soon, as heavily-recruited three-star target Alex Adams of Magnolia (Miss.) South Pike High School is now considered a strong lean to join Arkansas’ class.

Adams, 6-1, 175, recently ended a verbal commitment to Mississippi State, and owns other offers from the likes of Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Tennessee, Ole Miss and many others. He visited Fayetteville earlier this spring, and the latest 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions now tab Arkansas as a heavy favorite to land his signature. 

Arkansas is also in good shape for Round Rock (Texas) wide receiver Collin Sullivan, who plans to take an official visit in Fayetteville in June. 

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