Oklahoma is doing some things right on the recruiting trail and it has them in the mix for some of the nation’s best defensive prospects. The Sooners find themselves still in the mix for one of the best safeties in the country. Top 50 prospect Derek Williams listed the Sooners along with seven others in his final eight schools over the weekend.
Williams, a safety from the state of Louisiana lists Texas, Miami, Texas A&M, Clemson, Alabama, and his home state school of LSU in his final schools as well. While his list features a plethora of some of the biggest brands in college football, there is no clear-cut favorite. However, it would be wise to assume LSU will factor heavily as this recruitment winds down.
BREAKING: The No. 2 Safety in the ‘23 Class, Derek Williams Jr., is down to 8️⃣ Schools, he tells @On3Recruits
The 6’3 185 Safety from New Iberia, LA is ranked as a Top 25 Player in the nation.
— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) June 5, 2022
Oklahoma currently has two safeties committed in the class of 2023 in Erik McCarty and three-star Kaleb Spencer, but with Spencer likely to slide down and play linebacker quite a bit pursuing Williams seems like a smart thing.
Williams attended Junior Day in March and if the Sooners can stay involved and work themselves into a spot to get an official visit, who knows where this recruitment can go. Ultimately, with such a long way until national signing day, the Sooners will have to continue to stay in the race and hope that their on-field efforts will sway Williams to consider what the Crimson and Cream can offer.
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