As Texas A&M prepares for their important Saturday night matchup against the Arkansas Razorbacks at AT&T Stadium, head coach Jimbo Fisher received some not-so-positive news regarding one of Texas A&M’s priority recruits in the 2023 class, as top wide receiver Hykeem Williams committed to Florida State on Friday afternoon.
As is the case with every commitment, at this point in the recruiting cycle, nothing is set in stone. We have plenty of examples to prove that Texas A&M’s coaching staff will surely keep communications open and according to Manny Navarro of The Athletic, Williams will indeed keep an open dialogue with Texas A&M amid his recent commitment to the Seminoles.
5-star WR Hykeem Williams said he feels at home with Florida State, but he isn’t shutting off communication with four schools: Texas A&M, Pitt, Alabama and Miami.
Can’t sign until December. pic.twitter.com/8HFjZUwn3o
— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) September 23, 2022
In terms of the wide receiver position, the Aggies are in relatively good shape as true freshmen Evan Stewart, Chris Marshall, and Noah Thomas are already contributing in their first season, but due to the intensity surrounding the transfer portal in the last couple of years, preparing for the unknown has become one of the key components to effective recruiting.
In reality, the options for top receiving prospects are getting thinner and thinner each month, but as we witnessed last season after Texas A&M defeated then No.1 ranked Alabama at Kyle Field, current rostered freshmen including Denver Harris, previously mentioned Evan Stewart, and Gabriel-Brownlow-Dindy, all 5-Star prospects committed to other programs at the time, flipped to the Aggies.
In closing, keeping communication with committed wide receiver prospects like Hykeem Williams, Zachariah Branch, and Shelton Sampson Jr. is strategically sound with the potential to yield tremendous gains. Oh, and winning on the field doesn’t hurt either.