The name you’ve been hearing and following for months has officially made his decision. 2021 5-star quarterback, Caleb Williams has announced his commitment to Oklahoma. Williams is the nationally-respected and recently named MVP QB out of the Washington D.C. area. If you have followed recruiting at all over the past 5 months, this announcement likely doesn’t come to much surprise but has been long awaited by fans.
Williams is the top-rated dual-threat QB by both 247Sports and Rivals and ranks as the #4 overall prospect in the 2021 class per the composite rankings. His commitment will move Oklahoma into the top-25 nationally, however William’s is widely regarded as a recruiter. His name is connected to a number of highly-rated prospects in the 2021 class looking to potentially group up at the next level.
- 5-Star WR, Emeka Egbuka (Stellacoom, WA)
- 5-Star OT, Tristian Leigh (Fairfax, VA)
- 5-Star SDE, J.T. Tuimoloau (Sammamish, WA)
- 4-Star WR, Mario Williams (Oklahoma Commit)(Plant City, FL)
- 4-Star WR, Jalil Farooq (Upper Mariboro, MD)
Oklahoma has already had success recruiting in the DMV area with names like Joseph Wete (former teammate of Caleb Williams), Anton Harrison, and Aaryn Parks. That said, landing Williams’ commitment firmly entrenches the Sooners in what is looking to be a new hotbed of recruiting in the college football world.
Admittedly, it took me awhile to subscribe to the fact that Caleb Williams fits in the 5-Star rating, and a lot of that is due to there is A LOT to unpack here on film. Sophomore tape is a little more structured, whereas the junior tape there ingenuity and making plays outside the pocket. So let’s break this down into a few parts.
Right off the bat, you can tell that Caleb Williams is an absolute play-maker. He shows instincts, he shows mobility, a willingness to trust his arm, and from all accounts has great leadership potential. Williams showcases his ability to not just escape the pocket, but make plays as a runner downfield. Not the burner like Kyler Murray was, but Williams was laser timed at 4.57 in last year’s Opening Regional, which is more than enough to translate at the collegiate level. Straight-line speed doesn’t make a football player, however. This is where Williams is not just great, he’s elite.
Where Williams separates himself the the most from his competition, in my opinion, is his vision and feel for the game. Plenty of examples of the pocket or plays breaking down, and you see his physical talents (i.e. speed, quickness) shine, but he does so while keeping his eyes downfield, which isn’t something a lot of QB’s his age can do. Whether it’s sidestepping or rolling out from a chasing defender, Williams is always looking downfield to make a play. Now he doesn’t always make the best throw, but he creates ways to move the chains out of plays that absolutely should be losses. It’s not my comparison, but there’s a lot of Baker Mayfield in these types of plays.
In plenty of conversations on the podcast and just among those who cover recruiting, the big question is where to rank Williams’ arm talent. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s the most refined in this 2021 group, but it’s one of the biggest and certainly shows flashes of being an elite talent. LOne that comes to mind is hitting an out-route from the opposite hash. That’s roughly a 30-yard throw he hits on a dime that shows excellent touch and ball placement. Now that’s a throw made within the pocket, but Williams shows he’s comfortable throwing multiple platforms. One example is a bootleg to the left, throwing off the left foot to hit a receiver just barely in-bounds.
I’ll have more on Williams whether it be in a post or on Discord in the coming days, but as it is a holiday going to wrap this one up. While still a little raw, Caleb Williams is an elite talent whether you are talking about from talent aspect or just having an understanding of the game. He’s a physically developed kid, but has room on his frame to grow. His versatility as a passer and a runner fits well in Lincoln Riley’s offense. His ability to make off-script plays should remind Sooners fans of former Heisman winners and will continue to make Oklahoma a playoff contender for the foreseeable future.
Happy 4th everyone. Be safe, enjoy the night.