STILLWATER — Trey Williams just wants to spread the love.
Or explore his options.
The five-star running back from Dekaney High School in Spring, Texas, has verbally committed to Texas A&M but will visit Oklahoma State and Arkansas before Signing Day.
Williams, a 5-foot-8, 175-pound back who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, is the highest-rated prospect the Cowboys are still pursuing late in the recruiting season.
“I'm just showing some love and I want to make sure nobody sees things the wrong way,” Williams told Rivals. “(Arkansas is) showing love to me and I'm showing love back. I don't believe Arkansas would be a bad fit for me as well. I'm going to check out Arkansas and see how everything is going on over there.
“I don't have any intentions on de-committing or anything, I want to check the place out and basically give back the love they've been showing me.”
Williams was selected to play in last week's U.S. Army All-American Bowl after rushing for 3,884 yards and 48 touchdowns his senior year. He averaged 9.1 yards per carry.
Williams will visit Stillwater on Jan. 27 and will be in Arkansas the week before. Signing Day is Feb. 1.
OSU does not have a running back commitment in its 2012 class. The Cowboys were also pursuing Barry J. Sanders, but he committed to Stanford at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. OSU returns all four running backs that saw playing time in 2011: rising juniors Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith and rising sophomores Herschel Sims, Desmond Roland and Joe Aska.
Here's a look at some other recruits the Cowboys are targeting.
Seth Jacobs, linebacker, Arroyo Grande (Calif.) High School
Jacobs, a four-star prospect, will visit OSU this weekend, according to Rivals. He also has high interest in Arizona State, Arkansas and Oregon, according to Scout. The Cowboys return all three starters and two backups at linebacker and just added Jeremiah Tshimanga, who graduated high school early and enrolled at OSU for the spring semester.
Trae Elston, defensive back, Oxford (Ala.) High School
Elston, rated the No. 9 safety in the 2012 class by Rivals, was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American game. He will visit OSU on Jan. 20, California on Jan. 25 and Central Florida on Jan. 27. The Cowboys return three of four starters in the secondary, and safety Johnny Thomas will also be back if he is ruled eligible by the NCAA. Ashton Lampkin, a three-star prospect from Dunbar High School in Fort Worth, is OSU's only defensive back commitment.
Corey Thompson, linebacker/safety, Elkins High School (Missouri City, Texas)
Thompson is another player who is committed to Texas A&M but is making other visits, including to OSU on Jan. 27. He is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals and a four-star prospect by Scout. He will make his official visit to A&M this weekend and will visit LSU on Jan. 20. He has also visited Nebraska.
Keon Hatcher, wide receiver, Owasso High School
Hatcher was an All-State selection after compiling 1,610 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns while helping Owasso reach the Class 6A semifinals this past season. He is an Arkansas commit but will visit OSU this weekend, according to Rivals.
Kenny Lawler, wide receiver, Upland (Calif.) High School
Lawler, a four-star prospect, has not received an offer from OSU but will visit on Jan. 20, according to Scout. He also has interest in Oregon State and Washington State. OSU already has commitments from wide receivers C.J. Curry of Flowery Branch (Ga.) High School, Brandon Sheperd of Parkway Central High School in Chesterfield, Mo., and Blake Webb of The Woodlands (Texas) High School.