Caleb Williams is committed. His own recruitment is over.
But although he’s now a Sooner, Williams’ focus hasn’t left the recruiting trail. The 5-star 2021 quarterback is now engaged in a well-documented effort to bring a coalition of top prospects to Norman. He’s built strong relationships with several other members of his graduating class, and he’s optimistic that at least a few of them will end up joining him in the crimson and cream.
“I feel great,” Williams told SI All-American’s John Garcia. “I’ve just been trying to encourage guys, trying to help them understand when they ask me questions like, ‘What made you go to Oklahoma?’ Questions like that, I try and help them understand.”
Williams has long detailed his secondary recruiting mission in his ‘All on the Line’ blog series with SI All-American. Over the past few months, he’s name-dropped J.T. Tuimoloau, Maason Smith, Kelvin Gilliam and a host of other top defensive recruits. Oklahoma actually landed another one of Williams’ top targets in defensive back Latrell McCutchin, who committed the same day as Williams himself.
With five months until national signing day, Williams says he isn’t trying to rush anybody along. But his goal is to build a powerhouse at the collegiate level, and in his mind, that starts with building a rock-solid 2021 class.
“Obviously, I want them to take their visits; I want them to enjoy their time being a recruit,” he said. “But I also want them to come with me and the guys that’s already committed, and let’s go win some big games. Let’s build this brotherhood and friendship and trust between each other.”
When asked which players were the current focus of his recruiting efforts, Williams seemed a bit hesitant to name names. However, he did give a passing mention to two elite wideouts.
“I’ve been recruiting Jalil Farooq really hard,” he admitted. “I’ve been recruiting Emeka — Emeka Egbuka out of Washington. A few other defensive guys. But I’ve been recruiting a lot of defense and offense, and hopefully we can get them. Hopefully.”
Like Williams, Farooq calls the DMV area home, so the two have an existing geographical bond. Farooq himself is a 4-star prospect and one of the Sooners’ top wide receiver targets in the 2021 class. Meanwhile, Egbuka hails from the other side of the country, but he’s got talent that will travel anywhere. The Steilacoom, WA, product is MaxPreps’ top overall player in the class. He's listed as an athlete, but is expected to play wideout as a collegian.
Oklahoma has 12 total commitments on the 2021 circuit, and will await scheduled decisions from four top targets. Prophet Brown will be the first of the four, as he's committing Monday. Damond Harmon and Kendal Daniels will both commit on Aug. 1, while Kelvin Gilliam will make his pick on Aug. 22.
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