It’s always the unknown when it comes to coaching changes. A recruit will build the relationship with the departing coach, and you can never guess how things will go when the new coach steps in.
For that reason, one of the biggest visitors for Oklahoma’s junior day Saturday was also one of its most intriguing visitors in Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal defensive lineman Mike Williams.
Williams, a Scout 100 prospect, made his first trip to OU since the arrival of defensive line coach Diron Reynolds. The first-year coach is replacing Jerry Montgomery, who left OU for the Green Bay Packers last month.
It was only their first real interaction, but it sounds like Reynolds did everything right with Williams.
“It was good to meet Coach Reynolds,” Williams said. “You can tell he really knows his football. I feel like he is a good replacement for Coach Montgomery. He’s really about his business.”
What made the junior day even more intriguing was the fact Williams was the only defensive lineman on the visit. OU was hopeful to have a few others, but as it turned out, it was just Williams. That could work in OU’s favor’s going forward.
Williams said it was a little weird at first being the only one there, but he also viewed it as an opportunity to try to get to know Reynolds as much as possible.
“I had met his brother before so I thought I knew how he was going to be,” Williams said. “But he was a lot different than his brother. He was a lot calmer and he was really easy to talk with.”
This was Williams’ first trip to Norman since July and his first visit since getting the offer from Montgomery back in January.
With offers from a who’s who in college football, don’t expect a decision anytime soon for Williams. However, the Sooners have definitely put themselves in the conversation going forward and Williams should return to Norman before any sort of choice is made.
Williams said he hopes to visit TCU and Texas in the near future and is still recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered as a junior so he won’t be able to participate at the Opening regional camp this weekend in Arlington.