Georgia, Texas A&M making push for top 2023 WR Hykeem Williams
Wide receiver Hykeem Williams is one of the top players at his position in the 2023 recruiting class as a 247Sports Composite four-star recruit out of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Stranahan. Williams is also the No. 38 ranked overall player and the no. 5 ranked wideout in the recruiting class of 2023. During a recent edition of Wiltfong Whiparound247Sports recruiting director Steve Wiltfong explained the latest on Williams’ recruiting situation, saying that both Georgia and Texas A&M are making a push.
“Let’s talk about Hykeem Williams, he’s the no. 5 receiver in the top 247, he just visited Georgia, he’s been to A&M earlier this month and that is going to be a slobber knocker on the trail between these two,” Wilfong said. “I think that it’s just going to be a prize fight, a slugfest for him that’s going to go all the way to December.
“I think momentum is going to go back and forth in this one, the crystal ball is on A&M but no one should discount Georgia. Georgia has done a terrific job in that recruitment as well, I could see him at either SEC school, but Hykeem Williamsthat’ll be one of the more fun recruitments to watch over the next four, five months, it’ll be one of the names that we’re talking about the most going into the early signing period, he’ll be a regular mention I’m sure on Wiltfong Whiparound for months to come.”
247Sports’ southeast recruiting analyst Andrew Ivins projects Williams as a round 4-7 NFL draft pick and gave him a pro comparison to former Arizona State standout N’Keal Harry.
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“A naturally gifted athlete that just moves different than others his size. Believed to be hovering right around 6-foot-3, 200 pounds heading into spring of junior year, but plays at times almost like he’s 6-foot-5, 225 pounds. Can go up and win a ball in the air, but at the same time is also a bit of a YAC machine as his longer stride and strong core balance makes it difficult for defenders to bring him down in the open field. More than comfortable working out of the slot, but can also create some separation on the outside with a variety of different releases. Top-end speed is a bit of a question mark with limited testing data available, but has shown on Friday nights that he can pull away from South Florida defensive backs.
“Still evolving as a route runner, which makes sense given a rather unique athletic background as he actually swam as a freshman while playing JV football. More importantly, was a multi-year starter and one that could score for a very talented Stranahan basketball program. Figures to eventually emerge as an impact player at the Power 5 level given rare movement patterns and competitive drive (has been utilized throughout prep career as a pass rusher when needed). Will likely need some time to get adjusted to the everyday demands of the college game, but should be viewed as a potential go-to target in a modern pro-style spread attack. NFL upside.”