The Texas Longhorns missed a chance to surge on the recruiting trail when three-star Duncanville offensive tackle Cameron Williams committed to the Oregon Ducks on Thursday over the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns.
The decision comes less than two full months after the Longhorns officially jumped into the mix, getting. alate start in a recruitment that also included options like Miami, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, and Texas A&M. All told Williams tallied 31 offers, and for perspective of just how much ground Texas made up, the Longhorns were his second-to-last offer.
But once Texas got involved, offensive line coach Kyle Flood ensured that the Longhorns quickly became a major factor, earning one of Williams five official visits — others went to Oregon, Miami, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma.
In the end, the Horns were a contender for Williams in the final days before his decision, but weren’t able to overcome the Ducks.
A massive 6’5, 260-pounder, Williams is ranked as the No. 440 player nationally and the No. 43 offensive tackle, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Williams marks a domino that failed in an offensive line class that could still come together fairly quickly, as Texas is in a great position with key targets like four-star Frisco lineman Cole Hutson, who’s set to announce his decision on Friday, and three-star Austin Westlake product Connor Robertson, who could be deciding sooner than later, as well. Texas also remains firmly in the mix and may even be the favorite for top-ranked interior lineman Devin Campbell, and is locked into what’s effectively a head-to-head battle with Texas A&M for the No. 2-ranked offensive tackle, Kelvin Banks, as his decision nears.