The No. 2-ranked participant within the state of Oklahoma – Gentry Williams – has the Sooners amongst his high six.
Might he find yourself turning into teammates with the No. 1 prospect within the state, excessive four-star receiver Talyn Shettron?
Williams, a Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington four-star cornerback, listed USC, Missouri, LSU, Arkansas, Florida and Oklahoma as his favorites in latest days, and the subsequent step shall be narrowing it right down to his closing selection.
In right this moment’s Rating The Contenders, we take a look at Williams’ six frontrunners and put them so as of probability the place he’ll commit.
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The Sooners may very well be robust to beat. Actually robust. Williams grew up an Oklahoma fan and his mother went to high school in Norman. The in-state prospect has additionally been to campus and has developed a robust relationship with coach Lincoln Riley. In a SoonerScoop story from final summer time, Williams stated, “it’s been OU since Day 1.” Not solely is the Booker T. Washington standout a fan of the Oklahoma program however the Sooners may use his expertise and athletic means at cornerback nearly instantly on a protection that’s nonetheless rebuilding.
If there’s a group that would pull an upset in Williams’ recruitment it may very well be Florida. There are quite a few causes for that. A digital go to on March 8 may’ve been actually convincing, and Williams is constructing a relationship with new assistant coach Garrick McGee, who additionally attended Tulsa Booker T. Washington. That may very well be an vital connection, plus Florida is one among solely two faculties – together with Ole Miss (which didn’t make his high checklist) – that’s recruiting Williams at vast receiver. If Williams could be satisfied he may very well be the subsequent Kadarius Toney, then the Gators ought to keep very excessive on the checklist.
The sensation with USC is that the Trojans are battling for Williams, promoting the brand-building alternatives in Los Angeles and top-notch recruiter and affiliate head coach Donte Williams is doing the whole lot potential to maintain the Trojans excessive on the checklist. Will or not it’s sufficient? A go to to California would undoubtedly be a serious step for USC, and Williams can by no means be counted out of a recruitment since he’s landed some high-level gamers since becoming a member of the employees.
The state of Oklahoma is prime recruiting territory for second-year coach Sam Pittman, and that was evident within the Razorbacks’ 2021 class. Arkansas signed Williams’ teammate Keaun Parker, and that may very well be one thing for the four-star to contemplate in the case of the SEC college. The Razorbacks additionally went throughout city to Tulsa Union for AJ Inexperienced and so they recruit the state laborious. The Arkansas teaching employees is coming laborious after Williams, however it undoubtedly trails another faculties.
Corey Raymond can by no means be counted out of a recruitment, and LSU’s cornerbacks coach has developed an excellent relationship with Williams, however the Tigers have already got three defensive backs dedicated. That may very well be a problem, after which LSU can also be concentrating on Earl Little Jr., Chris Graves and others. That does not imply the coaches don’t like Williams, however they have to really feel others have a greater shot at touchdown him.
Missouri could be a protracted shot to land Williams, however there are some important connections to the Tigers for the reason that four-star actually likes coach Eli Drinkwitz, plus he’s hit it off with place coach Aaron Fletcher for years. Javian Hester is a former highschool teammate and somebody to bounce concepts off of, so Missouri has a shot. They seem to be a lengthy shot, however there are the explanation why the Tigers made his high six.