NORMAN — A colossal week has arrived for Caleb Williams.
For those unfamiliar, Williams is the 6-foot-1, dual-threat quarterback nearly every major program wanted in the 2021 class. Oklahoma, LSU and Maryland are the lucky three, however, the Rivals.com’s top-ranked quarterback will choose to attend on Saturday.
The five-star prospect announced his college commitment will go public July 4.
Williams won the MVP award at the Elite 11 — one of the country’s top high school quarterback competitions — earlier this week in Nashville, Tennessee. The event started in 1999 boasts alumni such as Super Bowl champions Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers. And aside from competition, it allows for high school seniors to learn from current college quarterbacks who serve as counselors — OU’s 2019 starter Jalen Hurts was one last year.
Despite Williams’ blue-chip rating, the signal-caller had something to prove at the Elite 11.
“I’ve been going through the script for the Elite 11, working on a bunch of throws, working on live routes and things like that with the wide receivers, just to make sure I’m ready for this moment,” wrote Williams in a blog post to SI.com just hours before the big event. “I’m going out there to make sure everybody knows — and they can get their own idea — of me. Where I am, what they think of me. But I’m going there to compete and learn from the coaches.”
Williams competed against the likes of Ohio State verbal Kyle McCord, Southern California commitment Miller Moss and LSU pledge Garrett Nussmeier. Former Sooner commit Brock Vandagriff, who flipped to Georgia, will also competed at the event.
Beating those prospects for the Elite 11 Most Valuable Player award was a solid prize for Williams ahead of making his future plans known. It certainly would be a major positive for coach Lincoln Riley’s program as well if he picked the Sooners.
If Williams chooses OU — which both Rivals.com and 247Sports.com predict to happen Saturday — he’ll give the Sooners two of the last three Elite 11 most valuable players. Redshirt freshman Spencer Rattler earned the accolade in 2018, giving OU at minimum one season with Rattler and Williams sharing Riley’s quarterback room.
Williams hails from Washington, D.C., where he enters his final season at Gonzaga High School. And while he made little mention of his forthcoming announcement in his latest post, the Sooner target has been as thoughtful and open with his recruitment as any prospect with his weekly blogs to SI.com.
He spent much of his Monday post thanking family, friends, teammates, coaches, trainers and mentors for their involvement in his journey.
Where his journey takes him past high school still remains a mystery for 24 more hours.
Until then, the Sooners’ quickly-rising recruiting class waits.