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Caleb Williams is back in Athens today. It marks at least the fifth or sixth time he’s made it to Athens as a recruit since his first trip before he started high school.
Williams is an uncommon quarterback. Both mentally and physically. The way he launches the ball from all angles with some serious steam brings to mind the skill sets made famous from the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson, among others.
— Caleb Williams (@CALEBcsw) September 1, 2019
DawgNation.com has its list of top recruiting visitors up today. But Williams making another return trip to UGA makes him one of the top 5 prospects in town today.
That’s saying a lot given that 5-stars Noah Sewell and Darnell Washington are in Athens for their official visits today.
Beck and Williams play the game’s most important position. The Bulldogs also only have three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster at this time.
Jake Fromm won’t likely be around for the 2021 season is not lost on DawgNation, too. So does the fact that redshirt sophomore passer Stetson Bennett IV will be a senior by then.
Williams matters to the Bulldogs stockpiling elite talent for competition at the QB position for years to come. That’s the same as any other spot on the field.
Williams has said he “loves” Georgia. That’s not that big of a leap given the frequency of his visits. Prospects will keep coming back to the schools that feel like the very best fit along their recruiting journeys.
Georgia is not the only team to watch out for here.
LSU, Maryland, Oregon, Penn State and Stanford should all factor highly in contention for his eventual decision. Williams was also at the Clemson-Texas A&M game earlier this month. It will be very interesting to hear his thoughts on how the two elite venues for a big-time game stack up against one another.
Williams and his father, Carl, maintain a comprehensive plan and spreadsheet outlining the highs and lows of each school as they visit all those schools. Carl Williams will also be with him again today.
What is Caleb Williams looking for out of this visit?
What will he be paying attention to at Georgia today? His words sum up that heading quite well.
“Definitely the atmosphere there,” Williams told DawgNation this week. “Because I’ve seen everything else.”
Georgia is showing Williams he is a wanted man for the 2021 cycle. The best possible example of that was when the Sept. 1 date rolled around this month.
That’s the ultimate arbiter for elite high school prospects. The NCAA allows its member schools to start contacting high school juniors every year on that date. That’s when all those verbal offers either become very real or something that really never was.
There was one school that found a way to reach out to Williams at exactly 12:00:00 midnight on that date. That was Georgia offensive coordinator James Coley.
There were a lot of schools to blitz him immediately after midnight on that date. But Coley was the first.
Georgia’s Kirby Smart was also in there, too. Area recruiter Dan Lanning also said hello in the flurry of those messages to mark the occasion.
“Yeah,” Williams told DawgNation. “Georgia was right at 12:00:00. They said they wanted to be first.”
What makes that story seem even more impressive? Coley and Lanning and Smart were maybe mere minutes outside of walking to the team buses outside Vanderbilt Stadium.
The Bulldogs had just won their conference opener on the road by a 30-6 margin. That didn’t stop them from reaching out to Williams as soon as they possibly could.
5 quick-hit things to know about Caleb Williams
What will you read about in that one?
- How ’bout the fact that his high school coaches trusted him with the keys to the offense to make checks and change plays at the line as a true freshman back in 2017?
- He’s been to Georgia at least five or six times dating back to his middle schools days
- Williams is a highly-interesting kid off the field. That is reflected by his pregame and halftime intake of “SourPatch Kids” candy.
2. That article also includes a “signature quote” from Williams
When Williams shared a specific line with DawgNation.com earlier this year, it struck a chord with readers. It says something about Williams and what he plays for.
It will be pretty hard for any high school quarterback to phrase it any better. Especially one with all the offers that he has.
“I want to keep going to championships and winning,” he said. “That’s my thing. I like winning.” — 5-star QB Caleb Williams
3. That “signature moment” of his prep career so far.
Williams made magic happen last season in the Washington D.C. Metro Western Catholic Athletic Conference Capital Division Championship.
The clips below are derived from the game in which the 5-star threw for approximately 200 yards and scored three of his six touchdowns in the final 3:03. That closing flurry features 20 combined points in the final 107 seconds.
Those late big throws from Williams somehow render the other 200 yards and three touchdowns he tallied up as mere footnotes.
DeMatha led Gonzaga 36-33 with 1:47 left to play. There were three touchdowns scored in the final 30 seconds. Disney would reject this script. This seems like too much late magic for even them to film.
Williams made it happen regardless in a 46-43 victory for his team.
“It was crazy,” Williams said. “I guess I was zoned in that day. Pretty fun.”
Just watch. Enjoy. It will be a task to believe it all on the first watch anyway.
As if the ending wasn’t thrilling enough, his team was also down 20 points to DeMatha at one point.
“We were down 20 and I had my arms over the bench on the backside of the bench,” he said. “Left-arm on the left side. Right arm on the right side. I was leaning down. My feet were crossed.”
Joe Cool? Nope. Caleb Sour Patch Chill? Maybe.
“I’m a very very very chill person on the sidelines,” he said. “My teammates don’t like it. My linemen hate it how chill I am on the sideline. They know I’m there and ready to go but my linemen are a lot more amped up than me. Even on the bus ride. We’re pulling up to the field and they are going crazy in the back.”
They’re going crazy. He’s likely listening to old school Drake. With sour candy on his mind.
4. His ratings are way up there in the Class of 2021
The 6-foot-2, 209-pound Williams plays for a Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) team that is 4-0 so far this year. He is the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year for the District of Columbia region.
His Gonzaga team plays often on Saturdays. So this is a rare trip for him to see the Bulldogs with his team’s 2019 schedule early in the college football season.
Williams was also in Athens back over the summer for a camp visit.
He rated as the nation’s No. 1 dual-threat QB prospect and No. 16 overall recruit for the 247Sports Composite rankings in 2021. When he visited college quarterback camps, he stood out as one of the best, if not the best prospect, at several of the elite camps he visited.
5. He’s not planning a commitment decision anytime soon
Williams plays for a strong high school program that wants its prospects to wait until after the season to make their college commitments.
The 5-star prospect had told DawgNation that he doesn’t plan to make a commitment until after his junior season. That’s at the earliest.
Why are all those big schools interested? Check out his 2018 highlight reel below.