Ryan Williams, WR (Alabama commit)
Texas's top remaining priority at wide receiver in the 2024 class after the Early Signing Period is the elite five-star Saraland (AL) wideout and Alabama Crimson Tide commit Ryan Williams. After reclassifying down from the 2025 class to 2024 last month, Williams became one of Texas's top priority skill recruits for this cycle.
Williams was the nation's top ranked wide receiver recruit in the 2025 class in the 247Sports Composite and On3 Industry Ranking. After reclassifying down to 2024, Williams still ranks as a top-15 prospect nationally in this cycle in the 247Sports Composite and On3 Industry Ranking.
Texas will host Williams for an official visit to Austin on the weekend of Jan. 27. That will give Sark, Jackson, and the Longhorns a real shot to swing away at Williams' commitment to the Tide.
Williams is also scheduled to officially visit Alabama the weekend before his trip to Texas (on Jan. 20). He rounds out his official visit schedule before the late signing period with a trip to see head coach Hugh Freeze and the Auburn Tigers on Feb. 3.
This is by no means a sure thing for Texas to flip Williams' commitment from Alabama. In fact, it sounds like Texas is running in third place right now in the race to sign Williams heading into the late signing period next month behind Auburn and Alabama.
But anything can happen once Williams gets on campus at Texas.
Texas has multiple connections to Williams in this recruitment. First, Williams' teammate and four-star Saraland (AL) quarterback KJ Lacey is committed to the Longhorns in the 2025 class. Lacey has been in Williams' ear constantly trying to recruit him to Texas during the fall.
There is also the potential for Williams to get early playing time at Texas. The Longhorns are expected to lose all three starting wideouts to the NFL Draft during the spring.
The appeal of a wide receiver talent like Williams playing in Sark's offense is also apparent. Williams saw what All-Big 12 wideouts such as Adonai Mitchell and Xavier Worthy did in this Texas offense production-wise this season. He could be the next in line to be a 1,000-yard receiver and future early-round NFL Draft pick from the Texas receiving corps.
We'll continue to watch for updates in this recruitment as Williams' late-January official visit to Texas will surely be one of the most highly-anticipated of the early phase of the 2024 offseason.