RTI recruiting contributor Landon Steffy contributed to this article
Tennessee’s annual Orange and White game is a huge weekend not only for fans. but also the players as they get to showcase their talents and all the work they have put in during the offseason. It’s also important for the coaching staff both on the field for their team and off the field for recruiting.
This year will be no different, as the Vols are set to host an elite wide receiver on an official visit during the annual spring game.
Four-star wide receiver E.J. Williams has visited Tennessee before, and now he’ll be taking an official visit to Knoxville on April 13th for the annual Orange and White Game per his Twitter account.
Official Visit to Tennessee April 13th?
— E.J. Williams? (@_ejda1) April 3, 2019
The 6-foot-3, 188-pound receiver from Phenix City, Alabama is listed as the No. 90 overall player and No. 19 wide receiver in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s also the No. 2 player in the state of Alabama in those rankings, trailing only four-star defensive tackle Jayson Jones.
Williams’ recruitment is red-hot right now. He currently holds offers from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Oregon, and Texas A&M among numerous others. He also has been invited to participate in The Under Armour All-American Game.
The talented receiver recently visited Tennessee for a Junior Day event on March 2nd. New Tennessee wide receivers coach Tee Martin is Williams’ primary recruiter and new defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley is his secondary recruiter.
Williams doesn’t have blazing speed, but he’s fast enough to make a difference. He has a great catch radius and can make some very difficult receptions look like they’re nothing. His route running is actually pretty good, especially for a high school junior. He’s effective on post routes, streaks, and slants. Williams is dangerous in the red zone and is a bad match-up for cornerbacks when he runs a fade route or slant into the end zone.
As a junior for Central High School, Williams totaled 40 catches for 688 yards and nine touchdowns. He helped his team to an undefeated record and a state title in 7A last season.
Tennessee will likely take two or three wide receivers in their 2020 class, and Williams is one of their top targets at the position. The Vols are losing several receivers because of graduation after the 2019 season, so they need to use this class as a way to bolster their numbers moving forward.
The Vols are set to host a number of players this weekend and for the Orange and White Game, and we will evaluate all those visitor lists as they become clearer over on RTI Premium.