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Making the Case: 5-star WR Hykeem Williams

Hykeem Williams is a five-star receiver and one of the vital coveted prospects in your entire 2023 class.

That’s why his upcoming dedication on Friday is so essential – and so controversial since numerous colleges nonetheless really feel fairly assured that the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Stranahan standout will choose their place.

Pitt, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Texas A&M and Alabama are the six colleges Williams utilized in his graphic asserting his choice date however many really feel this can be a alternative coming right down to the Panthers, Seminoles and Aggies.

In at this time’s Making the Case, specialists from across the Rivals community make an argument for a selected faculty after which nationwide recruiting director Adam Gorney points his verdict as to the place he sees Williams ending up.

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“FSU went to the portal final low season to enhance the large receiver room. By way of the primary two video games Ontaria Wilson and Kentron Poitier led the group in each receptions and yards. Towards Louisville Johnny Wilson, the switch from Arizona State, put the nation on discover. Wilson had seven receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns. That efficiency in addition to what Wilson and Poitier have completed this season has helped with receivers like Hykeem Williams. The Fort Lauderdale star is the No. 1 outdoors receiver within the state of Florida this 12 months. He has the dimensions and velocity that FSU lacks of their recruiting room. He’s an entire participant and one that may make an impression Day 1.

“The Seminoles haven’t had a lot success recruiting top-rated receivers to their program. Not since Kelvin Benjamin and Rashad Greene have the Seminoles even had anybody with NFL potential. Wilson is the primary man in near a decade that professional scouts will check out.

“Whereas different packages have a legit shot at Hykeem, it’s FSU that has sneaked its means into the lead. I’m not able to depend out others nevertheless it appears like FSU will profit from an early dedication. We really feel the Seminoles will land his dedication come this Friday.” – Charles Fishbein,




“The case for Pitt comes down to at least one factor: relationships. Williams’ relationship with receivers coach Tiquan Underwood was robust sufficient to get the five-star prospect to take a severe have a look at Rutgers, and when Underwood was employed at Pitt, that curiosity transferred over to the Panthers, the place it became a spring unofficial go to, one in all two official visits he took in June and one other unofficial go to for Pitt’s sport towards Tennessee two weeks in the past.

“Over the course of these three visits, Williams’ connections to Pitt expanded from Underwood to the remainder of the teaching workers, significantly head coach Pat Narduzzi and defensive position coach Charlie Partridge. Williams and his household additionally felt at residence in Pittsburgh, having fun with town and the campus, and each time they left a go to, their affinity for what Pitt has to supply – on a variety of ranges – appeared to develop. If Williams picks the Panthers, it will likely be a direct results of the relationships he and his household have constructed during the last six months.” – Chris Peak,




“If the Aggies are to land Williams, it will be for a number of causes. First is the connection he is established with the teaching workers, primarily WR coach and first recruiter James Coley. Second, he is aware of there’s enjoying time available. Freshmen Evan Stewart and Chris Marshall are already enjoying loads (Stewart begins), and the Aggies are in search of extra receivers who can stretch the sphere. Third, they’ll make the argument that they are only a participant or two away from being a top-five group, and he might be that participant.” – Mark Passwaters,




“My stage of confidence that Texas A&M was going to be Williams’ choose was very excessive just a few months in the past however Florida State has fully come into the image right here particularly in latest weeks and the Seminoles have a legit likelihood to land his pledge. Williams loves the chance in Tallahassee. He’s completely hit it off with the teaching workers and the five-star paid his personal approach to New Orleans to see FSU beat LSU within the season opener. All that’s massive.

“However I’m going to stay with the Aggies. Williams was simply again in Faculty Station this previous weekend, he’s an enormous Mike Evans fan, he’s had a longstanding relationship with that workers and sees Texas A&M closest to successful a nationwide championship and growing him for the professionals.

“This one is so shut and never a lock a technique or one other with Florida State being the largest competitors however I’m going to aspect with the Aggies.” – Adam Gorney, Rivals nationwide recruiting director

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