Four-star running back Jonathan Williams of Allen, Texas, confirmed Wednesday has decomitted from Missouri to explore other options.
Williams, ranked No. 16 among running backs nationally, said Missouri’s recent move from the Big 12 to the SEC did not play a major role in his decision to decommit. He said he is looking to play at a school a little closer to home. Because of that reason, Arkansas is now tops on his list of schools.
“Arkansas is closer,” Williams said via text message. “I haven’t committed, but they’re my leader.”
Other schools on his list include Tennessee and Wisconsin, although they are not closer than Columbia, Mo., Williams added that he hasn’t fully counted out Missouri, which he committed to in April.
Williams, 6-foot and 205 pounds, visited Arkansas on Oct. 8 for the Razorbacks’ game against Auburn. If Williams chooses Arkansas, he will still get the opportunity to play in the SEC, but Fayetteville, Ark., is a little closer to home than Columbia, Mo. Fayetteville is a little more than a 4-hour drive from Allen. Columbia, Mo., is more than a 7-hour drive.
Williams has helped Allen to a 10-0 record and a No. 3 national ranking in the Fab 50. He has overcome back spasms to rush for 941 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Williams had 2,078 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior.
Williams said he is looking to commit quickly. He still holds offers from Baylor, Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia and a handful of other schools – as well as Arkansas and Wisconsin.