WATCH | Trojans, Williams ready to sack Henderson State QBs, signs to Ouachita Baptist football

Hot Springs senior Kendall Williams signs his letter of intent to play football at Ouachita Baptist University this fall, Wednesday, at the Hot Springs World Class High School indoor practice facility. (The Sentinel-Record/Donald Cross)
Hot Springs senior Kendall Williams signs his letter of intent to play football at Ouachita Baptist University this fall, Wednesday, at the Hot Springs World Class High School indoor practice facility. (The Sentinel-Record/Donald Cross)

Hot Springs World Class High School senior Kendall Williams, on Wednesday, signed his letter of intent to play defense for the Ouachita Baptist University Tigers.

Head coach of the Hot Springs Trojans Darrell Burnett gave a brilliant speech for Williams and his three teammates who all signed at the indoor practice facility.

Williams, a multi-sport athlete, is also a star basketball player but chose football for the next chapter in his life.

"I love basketball as a passion, but I feel like football, I can express more," the edge rusher said. "I just put more emotions into it and I feel like I understand football a lot."

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Burnett said Williams had an offer from the University of Arkansas-Monticello and others. Williams talked about the recruiting process.

"My junior year, in which I balled out... at the end, I am like, 'Alright, still no offers.' I was expecting nothing. I was starting to get upset that nothing was coming in, but as soon as that first one came in they just came in from (everywhere)," he said.

Williams said Burnett helped him become a better football player.

"Coach B has made me a better football player by just pushing me every day at practice, expecting a lot out of me," he said. "So I have to produce and I have to live up to what he is expecting... Just the motivation and encouragement that he does a good job giving us."

Ouachita Baptist University is a private institution that competes at the National Collegiate Athletics Association division II level in the Great American Conference.

Burnett expressed what Williams' strengths are and what he needs to work on to be a proficient college football player.

"Strength; he is a leader," he said proudly. "He is a competitor. Three-sport athlete. I would say his biggest thing is when he gets to college -- he is at about 220 pounds now -- I am going to guarantee you they are going to want him at about 235 pounds, but it will actually look like he is about 220 pounds. He will be sure and shred some of the baby fat off. They will turn it into lean muscle. And then he will be around a lot of guys that are his size. There are a bunch of 'Kendalls' fixing to be at OBU. You have got to figure out how you can get that edge and he will figure out that."

The rivalry between Ouachita Baptist University and Henderson State University is legendary. Williams said he is excited to play against Henderson State signee and current teammate T.J. Brogdon.

"I am very excited. We talk about it every day and since most of the coaches like Henderson, I think it is even better when we beat them," said Williams.

There is a clear and close bond between Burnett and Williams. Williams added that Burnett played football at Henderson State.

"He said, 'You know you are going against my team right? So I am starting not to like you,'" Williams said.

To kick the rivalry off the right way, Williams and Brogdon arm wrestled each other with Burnett's Henderson State helmet and a Ouachita Baptist flag on the table. Williams was victorious after a long stalemate.

STATS

113 tackles

10 sacks

15 tackles for loss

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