OU is best of three for Williams

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is still going as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today we talked recruiting with one of Alabama's top wide receivers Jackie Williams.

When an athlete has an offer from one of the schools in the Top 25, it usually comes with numerous other schools as well. But for C F Vigor (AL) wide receiver Jackie Williams, the big one has already come through, and was the first.

And though he is not prepared to make the final decision, there is no doubt that this Big 12 school sits atop his short list.

"Oklahoma was my first offer and I was excited when it came through," Williams said of his offer that was reported April 8. "The offer came from coach (Bobby Jack) Wright."

The day that call came in is still fresh on the mind of the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Williams. While in class, his coach asked him to come see him and started talking about his recruitment. What schools were calling him and requested tapes. Then his coach asked him what he thought of Oklahoma.

"I mean this is Oklahoma. So soon after, my coach and I called coach (Wright) back on the phone. I let him know that I am interested," Williams said. "That is when coach Wright told me himself that there was an offer for me. I told them I was interested and that I would keep in touch."

It's obvious that Williams kept his word as he said that he tries to call the Sooner coaches at least every two weeks.

"Whenever I can catch them I try to call," Williams said. "I know it's hard sometimes because they have a lot of meeting s and things to do. I just always want to let them know that I am interested."

It's not too often that a player's first offer comes from a program known annually for playing in BCS bowl games. So the next step is making his way down there to check things out for himself.

He stated that he would like to catch the Red River game versus Texas (not officially), but would like to make it down there for the Bedlam match against Oklahoma State.

Aside from Oklahoma, Southern Miss and Troy have offered Williams. This past summer, Williams said that Florida, Alabama, and Southern Miss are the places he camped, and visited Kentucky unofficially.

There will be no more visits scheduled for the time being, according to Williams, because he is already back in school for 2009. On the gridiron, he and his teammates are looking defend their state title again for this year.

For Williams, he is more so looking to stay healthy for the entire season after missing several due to an ankle injury.

"I missed some games last year, but I had seven touchdowns in five games," Williams said. "I have been working hard this summer so that me and my teammates can get back to state."

Williams is looking to make plenty of plays in 2009, much like he did in a shortened season last year. Without knowing a lot about his favorite program, he does know that.

"Oklahoma has a way of getting playmakers the ball," Williams said. "That is one of the things I like about them."

Wide receiver is the position that Williams will be used should he choose to come to Norman. Williams said that coaches want to more than likely use him in the slot, but may slide him out the edge on occasions forcing the 1-on-1 match up.

To date, the Sooners have a nice crew of receivers committed to the program, with a major player in Justin McCay making the call on Tuesday. Williams admits that he has not paid much attention to wide out commits, but did see an athlete who did catch his attention.

"I have not kept up with the receiver commits, but I know they have a good quarterback committed, his name is Blake Bell," Williams said. "I know that he is big, pretty fast and has a good arm."

Williams said he should be ready to make a decision during midseason.

Sooners Illustrated Top Stories