Five-star quarterback Caleb Williams, one of the most sought after players in the 2021 class, announced his commitment to Oklahoma on Saturday.
“With [Oklahoma] past quarterbacks, I honestly felt it was the right decision for me,” Williams said on CBS Sports HQ. “With what Coach [Lincoln] Riley has been able to do, I just want to learn and hopefully get to the next level.”
The rising senior from Gonzaga College High School picked the Sooners over Maryland and LSU. Before Williams cut his list to those three programs, he was fielding offers from Alabama, Clemson, Miami, USC, Ohio State, and many more.
BREAKING: 5-star QB Caleb Williams commits to Oklahoma.
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) July 5, 2020
Oklahoma is a perfect fit for Williams, given his talent and the Sooners’ track record in developing high profile quarterbacks. Over the past three seasons, Riley turned Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray into Heisman Trophy winners and first overall picks in the NFL Draft. Jalen Hurts, who transferred to Oklahoma before the 2019 season, was a Heisman Trophy candidate after recording 53 total touchdowns.
Williams, who is ranked the fourth best player in the nation by 247sports, can beat defenses with his strong arm and ability to make plays out of the pocket. Williams threw for 1,770 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 838 yards and 18 touchdowns during his junior season.
Williams’ trip to Oklahoma on March 5 was his last in-person visit before the coronavirus pandemic shut down campuses across the country. According to the Washington Post, Maryland was able to make a final pitch during a zoom meeting with Williams and his family last week.