OU, Williams on same page

Not on OU's radar at the end of last season, a position change has helped Connor Williams on the recruiting trail.

He had no idea what to expect when a position change was suggested, but there's no doubt Coppell (Texas) High offensive lineman Connor Williams likes the results.

After playing tight end last season, it was suggested by his coaches he move to offensive tackle. To put it mildly, the flood gates have been opened. The last few weeks have seen one major program after another offer Williams.

Oklahoma got into the mix last week. Williams had developed a strong initial rapport with OU recruiting coordinator Cale Gundy, but things got a lot more serious in the spring.

"The week before the spring game I came down for a scrimmage," Williams said. "I thought it was a nice, cool place, and I got to know Coach Bedenbaugh better."

Since then, Williams and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh have stayed in regular contact, culminating with the offer.

Williams said he ended his junior season around 265 pounds, but he said he is closer to 275 now as he tries to adapt once again to playing the tackle position. He said it won't be too hard since he's played there before, but there are still schools viewing him as a tight end.

He said Purdue and Colorado State are both looking at him as a tight end prospect, while OU and a bevy of others in the last couple of weeks are firm with him being an offensive tackle recruit.

Williams is getting interest from all over, saying coaches at Wake Forest and Michigan are among the schools talking to him the most. He does not have an offer from the Wolverines.

"I don't have an issue with distance and being far away from home, but it would be nice to stay closer to home," Williams said.

That might help OU in the long run. In the short run, it's a waiting game. Williams is in no rush whatsoever to make a decision, much like his former teammate Solomon Thomas.

"He did teach me a lot," Williams said. "He's telling me to enjoy the process and do what's best for myself and not what people want me to do."

Williams' stock continued to soar this week with an offer from Arkansas on Thursday morning. And one reason Williams believes things have picked up considerably is because of his strength. It's not just the weight he has put on, it's how much stronger he feels.

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