Alabama commit opens up on recruitment and teammate’s recent decision
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Sam Thornton
TUSCALOOSA-Ryan Williams, the No.3 overall prospect in the 2025 class announced his commitment to the University of Alabama in October 2022. The Saraland wide receiver is one of the most highly touted players to announce his loyalties to the Capstone in recent memory.
Williams eclipsed 1,600 receiving yards along with 24 touchdowns during his sophomore campaign, prompting him as the first underclassman to win “Mr. Football” in Alabama.
Recently, Williams has been flirting with other programs despite his commitment to the Tide.
The No.2 quarterback prospect in the 2025 class, George MacIntyre, posted a photo of him and Williams decked out in LSU uniforms via his Instagram story two days ago. Williams has visited Baton Rouge on recruiting trips before, but this development isn’t keen to the Tide faithful.
The major shift was driven by the commitment of Saraland quarterback KJ Lacey, who announced over the weekend that he would be attending Texas. The four star quarterback in the 2025 class decided on the Longhorns immediately following his official visit. Lacey had major interest from Alabama, along with other power five schools.
Williams responded to Lacey’s announcement by posting the commitment on his Instagram story, with the caption “That’s where WE goin QB1?”
This sparked excitement among Longhorn fanatics online, speculating that Williams might flip his commitment to Texas to play with his current quarterback.
However, in a recent interview with BamaOnLine of On3, Williams said that an opposite strategy could be in play.
“I’ve got to steal him (Lacey) because he’s my quarterback. He’s going to be saying ‘Roll Tide’ in the near future,” Williams said.
It’s clear that the two standouts want to shift their dynamic chemistry into college together. This will be a major recruiting period for Nick Saban and the Alabama staff, as losing two in-state players would be a loss in confidence.
If it takes a major pitch to secure Lacey for the sake of Williams staying, it would be worth it.
Alabama has yet to secure a “hard commit” quarterback for the 2025 class. Landing Lacey as the No. 5 overall quarterback in his class would be a successful start.