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Top-100 TE Riley Williams down to three, sets commitment date

Keegan Pope06/21/22
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Riley Williams
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Just short of two weeks after naming his top four schools, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic tight end Riley Williams has eliminated one program from his list.

Williams announced Tuesday that the local school, Oregon, is no longer in contention, and he is now focused on three schools: Alabama, Miami and Ohio State. He will make his commitment decision on July 1, with a time still to be determined.

“What I’ve kept number one throughout my whole recruiting process is the family atmosphere,” Williams told On3 Director of Recruiting Chad Simmons earlier this month. “Whichever place I feel like I can call home is the place that I’ll be making that commitment to.”

The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder is fresh off an official visit to Miami over the weekend. And he was expected to visit Oregon beginning on Friday. However, he’ll now have a little more than 10 days to make a commitment decision before his announcement.

Williams ranks as the No. 60 overall prospect in the 2023 class, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

Riley Williams Scouting Summary

“Multi-functional tight end prospect that is a mismatch in the passing game. Possesses the prototype frame and build that should be physically ready to see the field in year one. Produced at a high level reeling in 36 catches for 889 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior. Has the ability to play as a true in-line Y, flex out in the slot or out wide as a receiver. Drives his legs on contact as a run blocker and looks to finish plays. Shows impressive twitch and the ability to separate as a route runner for someone his size. Uses his size to box out smaller defensive backs in contested catch situations. One of the best tight end talents in the country who could be primed for an early impact in college.” — Charles Power, On3 Director of Scouting and Rankings