One of the biggest recruiting storylines to date happened Tuesday morning. Under Dan Lanning Oregon has recruited really well. However they might have suffered the first ‘big miss’ earlier today.
Central Catholic (Ore.) tight end Riley Williams announced a final three and commit date of July 1. Absent from that list was the Ducks.
Alabama, Ohio State and Miami were the three finalists listed for Williams.
The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder is the No. 60 ranked player in the nation per the On3 Consensus Rankings. He’s also the No. 2 ranked tight end nationally and top player from the state.
Dan Lanning has prioritized keeping the top talent in state however at the moment he will miss on Riley Williams.
Miami, and former Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal have surged into the lead for Williams following this announcement. The Canes currently have an 89% chance to land Williams according to the On3 RPM.
Riley Williams Scouting Report:
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.