What a crazy last couple of weeks we have had in the college football world. Big-name coaches are either signing record-breaking deals or departing from one major program to another. Mario Cristobal is one of the latter. Cristobal was the head coach at Oregon from 2018-2021. Under his leadership Oregon became a West Coast power once again and a real player in the final rankings year-in and year-out. However, Cristobal became one of the latest coaches to shake things up as he recently was announced as the new coach of the Miami Hurricanes.
What does this have to do with the Longhorns?
Cristobal is one of the best offensive line recruiters in the nation. And since his departure, four recruits have de-committed from the Eugene, Oregon campus. One of those recruits happens to be one of Texas’ newest additions - Cameron Williams.
Williams is the latest offensive line addition to the Sarkisian offense following 5-star offensive tackle Kelvin Banks’ commitment yesterday. Williams is a behemoth of an offensive tackle. He has a massive 6’5 360-pound frame that is the anchor of the Duncanville offense this season. The 2022 tackle is a bonafide three-star prospect via the 247Sports Composite. He’s the 39th ranked player at his position and the 63rd ranked player in the state of Texas for his class.
The potential state champion lineman first committed to Cristobal and Oregon on July 1. However, He de-committed from the program on December 8. Even after receiving an offer from Iowa State the following day, Williams has decided to stay home and become the latest commit to head to The 40 Acres.
Williams received offers from esteemed programs such as Auburn, Baylor, Oklahoma, and even Cristobal’s Miami Hurricanes to name a few. Before he committed to Oregon, Williams had a final three of Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas. Through it all, Williams is staying home.
Name: Cameron Williams
Position: Offensive Tackle
High School: Duncanville
City, State: Duncanville, TX
Three Best Traits
Frame - As if saying he’s 6’5 and 360-pounds isn’t enough, if you turn on the film you can clearly see which lineman is Williams. Game-in and game-out he’s the biggest man on the gridiron. Williams uses his size and frame to abuse opposing defensive linemen and edge-rushers on a consistent basis. It’s going to be difficult for anyone on any level to out-size and out-muscle this beast of a human being.
Championship Pedigree - While Duncanville hasn’t won it all since 1998, they’ve been runners-up to North Shore in the 6A D1 classification in both 2018 and 2019. In 2020, they made it to the semi-finals before being bounced by former Texas commit, Quinn Ewers, and Southlake Carroll. This season, Duncanville enacted their revenge on Carroll to the tune of 35-9, but now they get the pleasure of facing North Shore again for the third time in four years. Regardless of whether Duncanville wins or loses, Williams has been at the forefront of Texas football for the past couple of years. He can bring a championship pedigree and a winning culture to Texas on day one.
Raw Strength - Looking at his frame, this statement goes without saying. Williams may be one of the strongest linemen in the country. His sheer size parlayed with his raw strength means he’s a nightmare for opposing defenders. He’s a physical specimen in every sense of the phrase and while he’s already one of the strongest players in the country, he has a chance to become even stronger under Sarkisian’s watch.
Areas of Improvement
Versatility on the Line - Williams primarily plays right tackle. He’s absolutely dominant on that side of the line. However, I would like to see some versatility and some plays where he’s on the left side or maybe even at guard. If Texas is in a position where they need Williams to move over to the left side can he handle it? My gut says yes, but it’s something for him to work on.
Blocking Down the Field - With a massive frame, Williams lacks the speed needed to block down the field on screen-plays. If he gets a hold of the nearest defender, that player has no chance. However, the lack of speed is an issue. I would like to see Williams stay at this frame but work on his speed and acceleration to truly take his game to another level.
What a great last couple of days it’s been for Sarkisian, Kyle Flood and the rest of the Texas program. With the pandemonium in the coaching world, it has allowed recruits that were once thought of as unavailable to join the Texas program out of the blue. Williams is a massive get for Texas. He was one of the key commits for Oregon and Cristobal for years to come, but now he joins Texas in a move that will surely improve the offensive line from day one. He’s a massive tackle who comes with a winning pedigree. With a little more quickness and coaching Williams can become one of the better tackles in college football one day.
Williams is the fourth offensive line commit for Texas in the 2022 class. He joins the aforementioned Banks along with a pair of interior offensive linemen Cole Hutson and Connor Robertson. Prior to Williams’ commitment, Texas already possessed a top-10 nationally ranked class. With the commitment of Williams and likely others leading up to the early signing day, Texas has a chance to crack the top-five. After a disappointing regular-season Sarkisian and this staff have hit home runs in the recruiting world. That statement is emblematic of the signing of Williams.