The Oklahoma Sooners have officially landed the top quarterback in the 2021 class in Caleb Williams, who signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday. The five-star signal caller is not only rated as the No. 1 QB in the nation, he’s also regarded as the No. 6 overall recruit according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Earlier this year, he was named the 2020 Elite 11 MVP and was also invited to the All-American Bowl. Williams originally made his commitment to OU on the Fourth of July over LSU and Maryland.
Interestingly enough, Williams — a dual-threat out of Gonzaga High School in Washington D.C. — and his family recently moved to Norman after learning his team would not be playing football this fall. With the pandemic changing the way most schools have operated, Williams was able to continue taking online classes remotely while making the cross-country move from the east coast to the Heartland.
How he fits
At 6’1, 210 pounds, Williams joins the Sooners with college-ready size and athleticism. When it comes to OU QBs under Lincoln Riley, the part that typically takes the most time to absorb is the playbook and overall mental side of the game. Like he did with Spencer Rattler years ago, Riley has already put in some work with Williams virtually through film study, getting his feet wet before actually getting to see him on the practice field.
Depending on what Rattler does following the 2021 season, Williams could very easily be named Oklahoma’s starting quarterback as early as 2022. He possesses elite arm strength, speed and playmaking ability, and performs at his best when surrounded by or facing top competition. Although he missed out on playing a senior season due to the pandemic, he’s about as polished as any high school QB could be as he embarks on his collegiate chapter at OU.
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