“My year, huh?” – Barry Switzer, 1983

It’s beginning to feel that way for Lincoln Riley.

2021’s recruiting cycle has been to say the least — unique. Nonetheless, it looks like the patience is finally paying off in a big way and it starts with a commitment from one of the nation’s top wide-receiver prospects, Mario Williams (Plant City, FL).

According to the 247Sports Composite, Williams ranks as a high-end 4-Star prospect, 4th at his position and 40th overall nationally. Not to be forgotten in this however is Williams was recently named a 5-Star prospect by Rivals, 2nd at his position and 12th overall nationally. Whichever ranking you choose to go off of, Williams is one of the nation’s elite talents and a HUGE win for the Sooners as they beat out Florida, Georgia, Alabama and LSU. Williams becomes the Sooners 6th commitment in their 2021 recruiting class which moves up to 31st in the national rankings and 5th in the Big 12.

EVAL:

Standing 5’10, 165 lbs, William’s isn’t the rangy type of receiver Oklahoma fans became accustomed to in the 2019 recruiting class. However, Williams talent level is on par, if not arguably better than that of the highly-touted trio of receivers. Williams possesses game-changing speed, and his ability to stretch the field are obvious on tape which should translate well at the collegiate level. A couple aspects that put him in that 5-Star range is combining that high-end speed with lateral quickness and ability to navigate traffic. Plenty of examples of that elusiveness throughout his junior tape where he finds or creates lanes laterally then cuts up field. In my opinion, it’s reminiscent of now Dallas Cowboy, CeeDee Lamb. A couple other aspects that I’d like to point quickly. Despite not being prototypical size, Williams frame does a nice job of high-pointing the ball as exampled here:

Williams is also unique in that Oklahoma doesn’t have a proven speedster in their receiver core (Marvin Mims could become one), so talent aside, he immediately fills a role within Lincoln Riley’s offense. I definitely like Williams to make an immediate impact much the same way as Lamb did as a true-freshman, and has all the physical tools to develop into an NFL prospect by his junior year.