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Key Texas WDE target Zach Williams commits to Arkansas

The Longhorns were considered a top option for the Arkansas legacy, but the four-star edge rusher ultimately elected to follow in his father’s footsteps.


Little Rock (Ark.) Joe T. Robinson weak-side defensive end Zach Williams is staying home.

An Arkansas legacy, Williams brought his recruitment to a close on Wednesday, announcing his commitment to the Razorbacks over Texas, TCU, and Oregon State, among others.

One of Texas’ top remaining defensive end targets, Williams visited the Forty Acres for the spring game, and the Longhorns were expected to receive an official visit in the fall. Had that visit been set, it would mark his final official visit, as he’s already toured Louisville, Oregon State, and TCU, and is set to officially visit Arkansas on July 27.

However, with Williams staying put to play for the program his father played for at Arkansas, Texas will now have to look elsewhere if it hopes to add to its to two-man defensive line haul, which features a pair of three-star in-state pledges from T’Vondre Sweat and Peter Mpagi.

With Williams off the board, expect Texas to further intensify its pursuit of elite Independence C.C. (Kan.) product Jermaine Johnson, who was on campus just weeks ago for the Longhorns Heat Wave pool party.