The race for 2023 five-star wide receiver Hykeem Williams seemingly has an end in sight.
In an interview with CanesCounty’s Marcus Benjamin, Williams said that he will be making his commitment during Stranahan High School’s bye week on Sept. 23.
In a separate interview with 247Sports’ Andrew Ivins, Williams confirmed that he will be making an unofficial visit to Pitt’s game against Tennessee on Sept. 10 and said that wide receivers coach Tiquan Underwood is like his uncle.
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By all accounts, Williams’ official visit to Pittsburgh from June 24-26 couldn’t have gone any better. With the chance for an in-person experience for Williams and his family, Pitt really laid out the red carpet in the effort to land the 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide receiver.
“Every time I ask about Hykeem and the people around him, Pittsburgh is a team that consistently been in this thing,” Ivins told PSN in July. “And they’ve been in it from the jump, he’s very, very close with Tiquan Underwood.
“I think for Pittsburgh it’s gonna be hard to fend off the Texas A&Ms and the Georgias, those are the two teams with the most buzz as of late, but you’ve also got Miami in there,” Ivins said. “So, would I be surprised if Pittsburgh landed him? No. I kind of think they’re the lowkey darkhorse, but I think in this NIL era, that’s certainly going to play a factor. I think relationship-wise, he knows the people in the Steel City maybe the best. And will that be enough to win out? I don’t know, but you can’t fault Pitt for trying this hard and still showing up to the battle.”
With a Top 6 that has narrowed to Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Pitt and Texas A&M, Pitt appears to be right in the thick of it for Williams’ commitment. There certainly isn’t anything more Pitt could’ve done, with the combined efforts from Underwood, Charlie Partridge and Pat Narduzzi.
Both 247Sports and Rivals rate Williams as a five-star recruit, 247Sports ranking him as the 19th recruit in the class (second-ranked wide receiver and fourth-ranked recruit in Florida) and Rivals ranking him as the 16th recruit in the class (third-ranked wide receiver and sixth-ranked recruit from Florida).