Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State
After an injury riddled sophomore season, Preston Williams burst onto the recruiting scene with 59 catches for 1,388 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior. He committed to Tennessee (the team he cheered for growing up) last September and has since visited Rocky Top multiple times. He is the lone true receiver commit in the 2015 Vol recruiting class. During the first half of 2014 he took trips to Clemson, Georgia, Florida, and Auburn before returning to Tennessee for “Orange Carpet Day” in late June. Considered by many to be the top receiver in the 2015 class, many teams kept fighting for Williams down the stretch, but he stayed true to his word, signing with the Vols on National Signing Day.
RTI Average: 4.5-stars
How He Fits
Williams is an eye-popping athlete with all the tools to make an instant impact as a true freshman. He doesn’t just catch the ball, he attacks it and has the size to win the battle for jump balls, the speed to outrun defenders, and the strength to overpower opponents. Williams’ blend of body control and quick acceleration makes him a lethal vertical threat. He’s more elusive than most receivers his size and excels at the screen game—he has the ability to score whenever he touches the ball. The Vols are loaded at receiver this season and should return the majority of their playmakers in 2015. Though he’ll have to recover from a knee injury, adding Williams to the mix at wideout is sure to cause headaches for defensive coordinators around the SEC.