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Although this past weekend was big for basketball given the only AAU evaluation period in the spring, Tom Allen, Mike Hart, and the football staff have made a statement on the recruiting trail. Today, 2020 WR Rashawn Williams announced on Twitter that he has committed to Indiana University’s football program.
The Hoosiers add an impact player that will most likely be a Day-1 starter. Four-Star Rashawn Williams (6’1″, 185 lbs) is widely considered to be one of the top WR prospects in the country. Per Rivals, he is No. 39 overall and No. 6 at WR in the country. 247Sports Composite Ranking has him at a 4-star prospect, No. 166 overall, No. 33 wide receiver.
The Detroit, Michigan Martin Luther King High School product brings immediate impact to Indiana. The receiver has the size to play on the outside, but he can be elusive if used in the slot. Williams has an above average ability to predict where thrown balls will end up and he has a knack for catching balls off-balance. The elite athlete is somewhere between 6-foot-1 and 6-foot-2 and his catching radius is sizable considering his frame. Anything catch-able that gets thrown remotely near him has great odds to be caught.
One of the biggest draws to his final decision was that he wanted to get immediate play time and to make an impact. Rashawn Williams is looking to join a team and create Day-1 impressions.
Yesterday, he announced is top-5 schools including Indiana, Purdue, Syracuse, West Virginia, and Cincinnati. Predictors originally had Michigan on Rivals.com but the 247Sports Crystal Ball began trending towards the Hoosiers.
While just last year Indiana received their highest rated recruit to-date, 4-star RB Sampson James, the Hoosiers now pair him up with a top 4-star wide receiver that will be joining the class a year later. Rashawn Williams has a 247Sports composite rating of 0.9360, which would make him the highest rated recruit in the recruit ranking era. With an earlier miss on in-state 2019 talent WR David Bell, Indiana now picks up much needed help at the wide-receiver position that new offensive coordinator Kalen Deboer will try to convert into yardage in the 2020 season.
One of the biggest questions that will be answered in the 2019-2020 season is which quarterback will be throwing to Rashawn Williams when he joins the roster. QB Peyton Ramsey will be a redshirt senior and at the time of this article, he holds the starting QB position. Indiana picked up four-star Jack Tuttle who will be immediately eligible in the upcoming season. By 2020, Tuttle will be a redshirt sophomore. The Hoosiers also have QB Michael Penix, who also will be a redshirt sophomore.
Williams was impressed by Indiana and their constant communication with him during his recruiting process. He states that he appreciated them all texting him and keeping contact during the process. Additionally, his mom loves the program. The presence of prior University of Michigan star Mike Hart at Indiana University must also play a role in his decision as Williams and Hart have a strong relationship.
Indiana has been consistently improving over the last several years on the recruiting trail, and the Hoosiers starting to pick up pace with Big Ten rivals. Williams joins two 2020 football commits, Luke Wiginton from Fort Wayne and Ty Wise from Carmel.