@CJWilliams_03 to Announce Commitment on Aug. 8

Mater Dei wide receiver CJ Williams will announce his college choice this Sunday, August 8, live on Instagram. Williams is 6-foot-2-inch, 193-pounder who has been on the FBS radar since his freshman season. He received offers from nearly every major Power 5 program in the country and now has trimmed his list to one.

Best Bet

Early in July, Williams, a four-star prospect, narrowed his list of college choices to five. His potential picks are Alabama, Notre Dame, Stanford, Texas, and USC.

Williams announced his final five schools early in July.

After the announcement, Williams stated his desire to evaluate his situation, evaluate each school, and make a decision sometime in August before his high school season got underway with preseason camp. That decision will come this Sunday.

Many of the recruiting experts around the country believe that Williams is leaning toward Notre Dame. Even though he had 40-plus offers, Williams took just three official visits. One of those, of course, was to South Bend. The other two visits were Stanford and Texas. The Fighting Irish have made Williams a priority and made sure he knew that when he visited earlier this summer.

Williams visited Notre Dame with his family in June.

Scouting Report

Williams is considered the top wide receiver prospect in California and one of the best in the entire nation. He’s well deserving of the recognition.

Blessed with outstanding speed, Williams is an elite pass catcher who is more than just a 40 time. He excels at releases against press coverage and his route running skills are far beyond his years. Williams has an uncanny ability to change speeds which allows him to create separation before and after the catch.

As a sophomore in 2019, Williams caught 50 passes for 684 yards as Mater Dei won the Trinity League title. In last year’s shortened five-game season, Williams had 16 receptions for 238 yards and earned a first-team All-Trinity League honor.

Williams is the type of player that will have an impact on a Power 5 program right from the beginning. You can see it in his highlight tape from the 2020 season (played in the spring of 2021).

Five-Star Recruit

While Williams is a four-star prospect according to most recruiting services, whichever school ends up with him will be getting a five-star student-athlete. There are those that questioned Williams’ speed saying that “he is not a burner” but he can get deep when needed.

Those questioning that speed might want to take a look at what Williams did at the CIF Track & Field Championships in early July. Running the second leg of the 4 x 400-meter relay, Williams erased a 30-meter and handed off the baton in first place. His 400-meter split was a blazing 48.8. And, it was the first season in which Williams participated in track and field.

Not only is Williams an outstanding athlete, he is equally stellar – if not better – in the classroom. With a GPA of 4.3, it’s no surprise that his final five college choices are all schools with solid academic reputations. It’s also why many people think Notre Dame, a Catholic school like Mater Dei, will be Williams’ ultimate choice.

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