This is giving off many Gary Bryant Jr. vibes. Remember when SC was coming off of a very tough Holiday Bowl defeat in 2019, and everything was crashing and burning to the ground? I do, and I remember when everything picked back up again when we heard about the commitment from top five Cali recruit (top seven receiver recruit) Bryant in the All-American Bowl.
It reminded us that even in arguably our worst recruiting class in history, we were still going to bring in a top-tier receiver like Bryant and dominate at the position. And sure enough, we fielded three of the top receivers in the nation the next year even without Bryant at that level yet, as we had the year before.
This year, we were boasting a recruiting class that's arguably even worse, and are coming off of maybe the worst season in USC football history. Sure enough, we secured the commitment from the versatile Williams. We now are reminded that no matter what, SC is going to prove their dominance at the receiver position year after year.
The Trojans again just came off of what may be their worst year in history, and still had one of our receivers win Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year despite missing four games (and part of a fifth) to injury. Drake London was that good that he still won the award, as he was the runaway favorite for the Biletnikoff Award before he went down. The tradition of USC rostering a never-ending list of dominant receivers never ends, and now Williams just entered the fold.
USC football just bagged CJ Williams, who will be an elite route-runner for the Trojans.
CJ Williams, a four-star recruit (all recruiting rankings and ratings in this article are as of 247Sports), will now be the third four-star in this class for USC football. His commitment was necessary. Nobody expected this class to be any good, as recruiting always falters when a coaching change is made--but SC of course still needs to try to recruit the best class possible.
Williams projects as somebody who could go high in the draft when it's his time, and 247Sports recruiting analyst Greg Biggins currently has his projection as a second-round selection. I like his chances in the league, and I don't even have to go far back to explain why.
Just this year, Michael Pittman secured a 1,000 yard season early, and Amon-Ra St. Brown (who wasn't even drafted in the first three rounds), is the first rookie in the Super Bowl Era to post eight or more catches in five straight contests. He wasn't even one of the MANY SC receivers that have been drafted in the first round, and he still is dominating on a team with shaky quarterback play; recording 43 catches for 451 yards and four scores in his last five outings.
Even with standout WRs JuJu Smith-Schuster and Robert Woods out to season-ending injuries, SC receivers are still excelling. I haven't even mentioned Nelson Agholor playing well this year for a revived Patriots team.
Don't be surprised if Williams becomes that next guy. He's a strong kid who can take contact and wins on 50-50 balls. Hopefully SC will find ways to get him involved early in his collegiate career next year.