The decision that Sooner fans have been waiting months on has finally come down – Caleb Williams has announced his commitment to Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma.
The #1 quarterback in the Class of 2021 had narrowed down his final three of Oklahoma, Maryland, and LSU quite awhile ago, and then established that July 4th would be his announcement day around a month ago in early June.
This is an obvious home run pickup for Lincoln Riley and OU, getting someone who has the apparent potential to be a truly great player at the next level.
When OU lost the commitment of Brock Vandagriff, the plan for the Sooners after the days of Spencer Rattler was murky at best. Riley somehow managed to absorb that blow and come out on the other side, depending on who you ask, in an even better position than he was prior.
Caleb Williams, standing at 6’1” and 210 pounds out of Gonzaga High School in Washington, DC, is fresh off being crowned the Elite 11 MVP this week in Nashville.
In his Junior season, Williams threw for over 2600 yards and 26 touchdowns (according to 247 Sports) – while also showcasing his running ability along the way.
He joins an OU quarterback room that is now quite crowded, and yet it still feels like it’ll certainly be Williams starting gig once it becomes available again (likely prior to the 2022 season).
July 4th has a dark sports cloud over it in Oklahoma after Kevin Durant infamously left the Oklahoma City Thunder in favor of the Golden State Warriors in 2016, so maybe today’s decision from Williams can help soften the memories of the holiday going forward for Oklahomans.
How truly impactful this decision is for OU will have to be determined over time, but this has the makings to be a day that Sooner fans can look back to as an extremely important one for a long time.
Both from the perspective of what Williams has the potential to be as player himself, but also from the perspective of the other guys that will be tagging along with him to Norman.
Lincoln Riley is forming an army, and the Sooners are building a squad that looks to be ready to try and take OU to that next step – a championship.
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