Texas football got some bad news on the recruiting trail this week for the 2024 class. On3's Gerry Hamilton reported on Jan. 24 that the elite five-star Saraland (AL) wide receiver and former Alabama Crimson Tide commit Ryan Williams will no longer officially visit Texas this coming weekend.
This news comes a few days after Williams took an official visit last weekend to see new head coach Kalen DeBoer and the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. He's also officially visited new head coach Mike Elko and the Texas A&M Aggies in the last couple of weeks.
Final 2024 Texas football WR target Ryan Williams cancels official visit
Williams had scheduled official visits to Alabama, Texas, and the Auburn Tigers before the late signing period next month. The final visit he's scheduled to take is to Auburn next weekend. Williams' decision now looks to come down to an in-state battle between Alabama and Auburn on the recruiting trail heading into his Feb. 9 announcement date.
Texas was among the schools making a big late push for Williams after he decommitted from Alabama a couple of weeks ago. He was a top 2024 priority at wide receiver heading into the late signing day for head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns after he reclassified down from 2025 last month.
The Longhorns have Williams' teammate at Saraland and four-star quarterback KJ Lacey committed to their 2025 class. Lacey and Williams were scheduled to make the trip together from Saraland, AL, to the Forty Acres this weekend.
Texas is stocked with wide receiver depth early this offseason
While it is unfortunate news for the Longhorns that Williams canceled his visit to Texas this weekend, there is more than enough depth at wide receiver for Sarkisian and WR coach Chris Jackson in 2024.
Texas landed a portal commitment from Alabama earlier this month, rising junior wide receiver Isaiah Bond, who will be an immediate impact starter in 2024.