Hykeem Williams is a five-star receiver and one of the most coveted prospect devices in the entire class of 2023.
That’s why his upcoming commitment on Friday is so important – and controversial as many different schools still feel pretty confident that Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) standout Stranahan will pick. their position.
Pitt, State of Florida, Georgia, Miami, Texas A&M and Alabama are the six schools Williams used in his decision day announcement image but many feel this is an option coming to the Panthers, Seminoles and Aggies.
In today’s Case Study, experts from across the Competitor network make arguments for a particular school and then national hiring managers Adam Lawyer gave his verdict on where he saw Williams end up.
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“FSU went to the off-season portal last season to improve the studio wide. Through the first two games Ontaria Wilson and Kentron Poitier lead the team in both the reception and the field. Against Louisville Johnny Wilson, the transfer from the State of Arizona, put the whole country in the spotlight. Wilson had seven contacts for 149 yards and two touchdowns. That performance as well as what Wilson and Poitier have done this season have helped collectors like Hykeem Williams. The Fort Lauderdale star is the number 1 outside receiver in the state of Florida this year. He has the size and speed that FSU lacks in their recruiting department. He’s a complete player and one who can make an impact for Day One.
“Seminoles haven’t had much success recruiting top arrangers for their program. Not since Kelvin Benjamin and Rashad Greene Seminoles even have anyone with NFL potential. Wilson is the first person in nearly a decade that professional scouts will keep an eye on.
“While other programs legitimately target Hykeem, it was FSU that sneaked into the lead. I’m not ready to count the others but it looks like FSU would benefit from an early commitment. We feel the Seminoles will land. commitment will come this Friday.” – Charles Fishbein, TheOsceola.com
“Pitt’s case comes down to one thing: relationships. Williams’ relationship with the machine coach Tiquan Underwood strong enough to make a five-star prospect seriously consider Rutgers, and when Underwood was hired at Pitt, that interest was turned to the Panthers, where it became an informal visit in the spring, one of two an official visit he made in June and another informal visit to Pitt’s game against Tennessee two weeks ago.
“During those three visits, Williams’ relationship with Pitt extended from Underwood to the rest of the coaching staff, especially the head coach. Clap Narduzzi and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge. Williams and his family also feel at home in Pittsburgh, enjoying the city and campus, and every time they leave for a visit, their relationship with what Pitt has to offer – on many levels degree – seems to increase. If Williams chooses the Panthers, it will be a direct result of the relationships he and his family have built over the past six months. ” – Chris Peak, Panther-lair.com
“If the Aggies landed Williams, it was for a number of reasons. The first is the relationship he has established with the coaching staff, mainly the WR coach and the main employer. James Coley. Second, he knows it takes time to play. Freshman Evan Stewart and Chris Marshall played a lot (Stewart started), and the Aggies are looking for more receivers who can stretch the pitch. Third, they can make the argument that they’re just one player or two can’t be a top five, and he could be that player.” – Mark Passwaters, AggieYell.com
“My level of confidence that Texas A&M would be Williams’ pick just a few months ago is very high, but Florida State has been completely on the radar here especially in recent weeks and the Seminoles have a legitimate opportunity to do so. Williams loves the opportunity at Tallahassee He is absolutely delighted with the coaching staff and the five-star has paid for himself to go to New Orleans to watch FSU beat LSU in the season opener. All of that is wonderful.
“But I’ll stick with the Aggies. Williams just got back to College Station last weekend, he’s an adult. Mike Evans fans, he has had a long relationship with that employee and sees Texas A&M as closest to winning the national championship and developing him to the pros.
“This one is very close and not a lock one way or another with the State of Florida being the biggest competitor but I’ll stand with the Aggies.” – Adam Gyers, National Recruitment Director of Rivals