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Top Pitt Target Hykeem Williams Sets Commitment Date

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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.

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).

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Giovanni
Giovanni
1 month ago

Get real, Hykeem, and recognize the true opportunity! Follow eventual past Pitt-prepared NFL Super Stars such as Aaron Donald, Larry Fitzgerald, LeSean McCoy, etc., etc. Besides Coach Underwood, we have Elite-11 QB commit, Kenny Minchey, to maximize your potential for NFL 1st Round pick status. Don’t risk getting lost in the Bamma and Georgia soup…

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  Giovanni

Because Miami, Georgia and Texas A&M don’t pump out first round picks. Minchey will also be at ND next year.

Giovanni
Giovanni
1 month ago

Numerous past Pitt stars who went on to star in the NFL may never have been able to maximize their potential if they would have attended ‘Bama, Georgia, and now Texas A&M, let alone be a 1st-round draft choice. The risk is high that they could easily get lost in the crowded star recruit soup. This is my whole point but I guess one shouldn’t expect such a negative pedestrian-brain to think cerebrally.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  Giovanni

or they would have gotten better going against top flight competition every day in practice then on the weekend in the SEC…if you think your rationale is cerebral thinking then we are all doomed.

Ed Rose
Ed Rose
1 month ago

I am so glad you are a big Pitt fan. I have two questions from one Pitt fan to another. Why does PSU have 4 and 5 star players up and down their roster, but are unranked in the USA today poll? Why are PSU fans so arrogant enough to post on other team fan site when they should be shameful of the past conduct and current conduct of the reprobates that are affiliated with that cult program?

Dukes

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