The Texas Longhorns’ big recruiting weekend continued Sunday with the commitment of three-star tackle Cameron Williams following a short trip to Austin.
Listed at 6-foot-5, 360-pound, the prospect from Duncanville fits the mold of a high-upside tackle body for Kyle Flood to mold into an anchor along the offensive line. Currently ranked No. 462 in the country, his offer list tells the story of his true potential. The top offensive line coaches in the country, including Flood, Bill Bedenbaugh of the Oklahoma Sooners and Mario Cristobal - formerly of the Oregon Ducks and now the Miami Hurricanes - all wanted to secure his services.
Following the summer visit window, Williams - along with now Texas classmate Kelvin Banks - committed to Cristobal and the Oregon Ducks after being thought of as a Texas lean. Once Cristobal made his exit from Eugene, Williams re-opened his commitment and looked to explore his options. Williams initially planned to push his recruitment into the February signing period, but Flood and head coach Steve Sarkisian managed to close things out.
Williams marks the fourth offensive lineman in the class, joining interior lineman Connor Robertson and Cole Hutson, as well as elite tackle Kelvin Banks who committed just a day before. He becomes commitment No. 23 for the 2022 class, with Texas holding steady at No. 7 in the country and No. 1 in the Big 12 for the cycle.
With just a few days to go until the Early Signing Period, Sarkisian and Flood look to close out their biggest priority of the offseason - rebuilding an offensive line room in need of talent and depth.
Williams is a wall of humanity that is featured on the gridiron as well as the hardwood, which is very impressive when you see his size. I’ve seen him listed at as tall as 6’7 and seen his weight as high as 390, with the latter being a bit concerning when you think about the long term outlook for his development. Even at that size, Williams has good movement and he absolutely engulfs defenders as a run blocker and a pass protector. He possesses sufficient functional strength, as he shows the ability displace defenders from the LOS, and on top of that he shows he has a bit of an edge to him as a finisher. I’d like to see him fire off with a lower hat and play with better pad level more consistently, but that is something you are often going to see from a guy of this size. As a pass protector, Williams is an absolute task to try to navigate around and he shows the ability to anchor against anyone who willing to try to power rush him. Guys of this size that possess good athleticism don’t grow on trees so it makes sense why a guy like Mario Cristobal coveted him so highly. I can definitely see the vision, but this will come down to the player and a strength and conditioning staff being committed making sure he reshapes his body and having a position coach that will be able extract the upside out of him.
Oh, if you want to see Williams playing the role of being the bully in his most recent playoff game against Southlake Carroll then check this out:
That’s a young man that puts a hurting on opposing defenders and his kitchen pantry at home.