The Texas Longhorns really need a boost at offensive tackle this weekend, but will settle for an addition to the 2015 recruiting class, as Coppell's Connor Williams committed to the Horns on Thursday evening:
I am blessed to say that I am committed to the University of Texas. Thanks you to everyone that has given me a chance and believed in me.— Connor Williams (@Connorwi1liams) September 5, 2014
Hookem Horns— Connor Williams (@Connorwi1liams) September 5, 2014
I will be enrolling in January pic.twitter.com/6maBxECsv8— Connor Williams (@Connorwi1liams) September 5, 2014
The revelation that Williams will enroll in January to get an early start on his Texas career is a positive one at a point where the Horns may have had some young players emerge at offensive tackle, but still won't have ideal depth -- along with the other members of the 2015 offensive tackle recruiting class, Williams should have an opportunity to crack the depth chart early.
A consensus three-star prospect, Williams is listed at 6'5 and 275 pounds and visited Texas in late July. The Horns were relatively late to enter his recruitment, offering in June to join programs like Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas State, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, TCU, Texas Tech, and UCLA, among others.
In looking at his offer list, it's pretty clear that he's better regarded by college coaches than he is by those in the recruiting industry.
The other major competition came from Oregon, as Williams made a sumer visit out to Eugene, but ultimately chose to remain in his home state for play for Wickline.
A mid three-star prospect, Williams is ranked as the No. 79 offensive tackle nationally and the No. 92 player in the state of Texas, which is good enough to land at No. 739 in the country in the 247Sports Composite rankings.
As expected for someone of his size and build, the major attribute for Williams is his feet and overall athleticism. He's a good pass blocker be because of that body quickness, but he's going to need time in the weight room and technical work to improve a punch that is far from elite at this time.
As he grows in strength in his upper and lower body, he should be able to improve in getting displacement, but right now he projects as a guy who would excel in the outside zone and pin-and-pull type schemes that Texas will likely use and Oregon has relied upon for some time.
Again, the offer list from some high-level programs that run extremely effective spread offenses indicates that those coaches think he is a fit in their schemes.
And that's not even mentioning the track record of Wickline, who has now assembled an offensive line class that currently rivals the 2013 group that was so heralded by former head coach Mack Brown when it signed. The group now consists of Williams, Houston Westfield offensive tackle Toby Weathersby, Euless Trinity offensive guard Patrick Vahe, Huntsville offensive tackle Ronnie Major, and Many (La.) offensive lineman Garrett Thomas.
Williams is the 15th pledge in the class, which ranks No. 16 in the country and No. 1 in the Big 12 in the 247Sports Composite team rankings.