In yet another big Yahtzee! for Kentucky yesterday, McKinney, Texas standout T.V. Williams committed to Mark Stoops & Co. for 2014. Williams is rated a 3-star by Rivals.com, but is very fast and had an outstanding performance at The Opening when he recorded the second-fastest 20-yard shuttle. He also had one of the highest vertical jumps at the event. The downside on Williams is that he is small at only 5'9", but then again, we might remember what another player about that size, a guy who plays on Sundays for the Green Bay Packers, was able to do at Kentucky.
Like Randall Cobb before him, Williams will almost certainly play in the slot receiver position. He is very fast, running a 4.4 40-yard dash, and had an impressive offer list that included the California Golden Bears, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Navy, Oregon St., and Tulsa among others. Williams also is an excellent student.
Williams is the kind of guy you want to get the ball to in space, according to this article by Ben Roberts:
"He’s an electric player in space," [Scout.com national analyst Greg] Powers told the Herald-Leader. "He’s able to make people miss and he’s very dangerous with the ball in his hands. I would say his elusiveness and his ability to get open in space (are his best qualities). He’s very shifty, so he’s hard to lock down."
Williams is considered one of the top 160 players in the country, as his invitation to The Opening will attest, and his impressive measurables will verify. He's another very important pickup for Kentucky at a position where Kentucky desperately needs bodies. He's extremely dangerous with the ball in his hands, and has elite speed if he gets the step on you.
At McKinney, Williams mostly ran an outside wide receiver position. At Kentucky, he'll most likely be the slot receiver, running a lot of crosses, shallow crosses and "sail" routes where he can get the ball in space.
Of course, you can't have a skill position commitment without highlights. You'll see Williams scoring most of his touchdowns on post and skinny post routes down the middle, and in the vast majority of his plays, he runs from the outside, rarely from the slot, although he does throw a touchdown pass from the slot.