Oklahoma football recruiting added another elite defensive commitment for 2022 on Monday with the announcement by four-star DB Gentry Williams.
Williams, one of the top players in the state of Oklahoma, chose the Sooners over strong late pushes by USC, Florida and Missouri.
The Sooners had long been considered the favorite to land the four-star, in-state prospect from Tulsa, but USC and interim head coach Donte Williams have been working especially hard in recent months to get Gentry Williams to come to the West Coast.
Oklahoma has had Williams in its sights for several years and was the second school to offer him a scholarship.
The 6-foot, 170-pound prospect from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, is being recruited as a defensive back, although recruiting analysts believe his speed and athleticism provide him the ability to play multiple positions at the college level.
Williams says he doesn’t have a preference between defense or offense — he also has played quarterback in high school – whatever will get him on the field the fastest.
Williams is the No. 8 cornerback, No. 37 player overall and No. 1 prospect in the state of Oklahoma, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
He becomes the 16th verbal commitment in Oklahoma’s 2022 class, the ninth defensive player and the third defensive back. The Sooners are currently ranked No. 8 in the 247Sports 2022 class rankings.
Williams also played quarterback in high school. He is a former Oklahoma 6A state champion in the 400 and 200 meters, He tore his ACL in his first game as a junior, which hurt his recruiting stock somewhat, but he has reportedly maintained his top-50 status because of his speed and athleticism.