Devon Williams to sign with USC over Oregon on Signing Day 2018


Four-star wide receiver Devon Williams made the decision to sign with USC over Oregon on Signing Day 2018, giving the Trojans a big pass-catching target.

USC’s Signing Day 2018 festivities continued on Wednesday with the addition of four-star wide receiver Devon Williams.

In one of many recruiting battles between USC and Oregon this cycle, the Trojans came out on top, with Williams announcing his decision to stay in California live on ESPN2.

His choice gives the Trojans already-packed receiving corps yet another dangerous weapon to wield.

The Skinny

Oregon had been the leader for Williams over the summer, but the unease in the program after Willie Taggart’s sudden departure in December set the stage for USC to swoop in and pick up the 6-foot-5 receiver.

Williams officially visited the Trojans in mid-January. The impression USC left stuck even through an official visit to Oregon at the end of the recruiting cycle.

In Williams, USC is adding a fourth Top 40 player for the 2018 class. He ranks sixth among receivers and sixth in the state of California.

Where He Fits in 2018

USC has more receivers than they almost know what to do with, so projecting Williams’ impact in 2018 is difficult.

At his height, Williams is now USC’s tallest receiver, which could give him a chance to carve out a role early, though he’d have to compete with 6-foot-4 Randal Grimes if height is enough to warrant some targets.

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If he adds some bulk, Williams could also make the switch to tight end, though his upside as an athlete could be the argument to keep him at receiver.

High School Highlights

He Reminds Us Of…Dwayne Jarrett

If Dwayne Jarrett was the slimmer but less-athletic Mike Williams, then Devon Williams might be the slightly slimmer but more-athletic Dwayne Jarrett. His height and ability to high point balls a la Jarrett make him a potential mismatch, all while having above average skills in space as a runner despite not being as physical or polished of a route runner.