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Top 2020 Targets | Sooners Hoping Gentry Williams Stays Home

M. Hofeld

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If you’re looking for a guy that can do just about anything on the football field then don’t look past Booker T. Washington’s Gentry Williams. A composite 5-star athlete, per 247Sports, Williams seems to be a natural at just about any of the skill positions.

Playing quarterback for the Hornets hasn’t prevented Williams from being in the spotlight as a receiver, runner or even defensive back. All of that skill makes him the top athlete in the entire 2022 recruiting class and the top overall prospect from the state of Oklahoma.

An offensive skillset that would let him excel at any skill possession has helped Williams earn 17 scholarship offers and that same versatility helped make him the top-ranked athlete in the class. It’s that same versatility that drew the Sooners to the 918 area code to offer him on April 29, 2019, just three days after Oklahoma State made him his first Power Five offer.

The fact that Alex Grinch and Brian Odom are the one’s pursuing him means the Sooners are looking to make him a member of the Speed Defense and speed is definitely in Williams’ wheelhouse. A state champion in track Williams ran a 47.7 in the 400 meters and a 21.14 in the 200. At 6-0/170 he’s got room to add more weight to his frame and his speed makes him the perfect candidate to play in a Grinch secondary.

The Sooners have received three crystal ball predictions to land Gentry Williams but closing out his recruitment won’t be easy.

Oklahoma may have been the second school to offer him but 15 other schools have come calling since then and competition is going to be fierce. On November 30th of last year Williams announced his Top 10 schools were Oklahoma, LSU, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, USC, Michigan, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida and Missouri.

I’m not certain that would say Oklahoma is in the driver’s seat when it comes Williams’ recruitment but the Sooners are certainly in good position. At this point it looks like USC is very close behind.

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