With spring practice starting next week, Oklahoma football fever is in the air. And the timing is just right for a recruiting visit by the country’s top 2021 QB recruit.
Recently we wrote about the Oklahoma football recruiting interest in five-star quarterback prospect Caleb Williams.
Williams, from the Washington, D.C., area, is the highest rated quarterback in the 2021 class, according to ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals. The Sooners are heavily recruiting the 6-foot, 1-inch, 200-pound, dual-threat QB, and he arrived in Norman on Thursday for an extended recruiting visit, according to OU Insider RJ Young of 247Sports.
The highly touted QB recruit has received scholarship offers from a plethora of schools from coast to coast, including such major college powers as LSU, Alabama, Clemson, Penn State, Oregon, Florida and Georgia.
Young described Williams as “the highest-ranked quarterback in the 247Sports rankings, highest uncommitted quarterback (in the 2021 class) and highest-ranked player out of the Mid-Atlantic region in over a decade.”
In an article Williams agreed to write for Sports Illustrated chronicling his recruiting experience, which was posted on that publication’s website this week, he wrote:
“I’ve already visited (Oklahoma) twice, and I’ve liked it…
“He and I were in the war room — the offensive meeting room — they call it. We were going through a bunch of plays; we were talking and connected very well. I think it was for a long time, and it wasn’t supposed to be; it was supposed to be 20 minutes and it went much longer…
“The recent history (with Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts all Heisman contenders, including two Heisman winners) is enough for me to come back.”
Brock Vandagriff, another top-ranked QB prospect had already committed to Oklahoma in early 2019, and Lincoln Riley was still actively recruiting Williams, even without a spot open for him. When Vandagriff decommitted from the Sooners last December, however, everything changed.
There is a good chance Oklahoma could land Williams, but he is also very interested in LSU. When it comes time for him to declare his commitment, much of that decision could depend on what he takes away from his visit this weekend in Norman.
“(I’m) still trying to figure out if (OU) is the place for me,” Williams wrote. “If I can call it home for the rest of my life.”