Cal will receive a visit from Cedar Hill, Texas all-purpose back Kaegun Williams in June when he visits the West Coast.
A commitment on the heels of a good visit would be huge for Cal for a few reasons.
- Cal currently has no running back commitments in the 2017 recruiting class
- Tre Watson and Vic Enwere are juniors while Khalfani Muhammad is a senior.
Therefore, a commitment would be a huge first step towards maintaining our RB depth, while bringing in another talented player to challenge for a starting role.
Here are the rankings for Williams among various scouting services:
- ESPN - 3 star RB
- 247Sports - 3 star RB, 6th ranked APB, 353rd ranked player nationally
- Scout - 4 star RB, 294th ranked player nationally
- Rivals - 3 star RB, 8th ranked APB
Let's take a look at what Williams brings to the table.
Right off the bat, Williams demonstrates his versatility. He lines up in the slot and goes into motion, catching a short pitch pass from the quarterback before turning the corner on a sweep. Williams then proceeds to break not one but two tackles before making another defender miss. To cap things off, he bulldozes his way through a scrum of players into the endzone.
That first play shows us many of the abilities that Williams . Time and time again we see his elite lateral quickness as he makes defenders miss. He has fantastic vision, hitting the hole hard and utilizing his quick feet to cut back into open space. Williams also shows us the ability to gain extra yardage, utilizing stutter steps and spins to give him that little bit of extra room in tight space. And even when defenders do manage to hit him, he is able to consistently break tackles and drag defenders along with him. The cherry on top is that he shows that he has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
Perhaps the only areas of concern are his lack of size and the fact that he didn't show breakaway speed. Nevertheless, there is certainly room on the Cal roster and a role in the Bear Raid for a versatile, talented RB like Williams. Aside from his Cal offer, Williams has offers from Colorado, SMU, Tennessee, Kansas, North Texas, and Tulsa. However, we should be hopeful right now as Williams has stated that Cal has showed him the most attention so far, with RB coach Garrett Chachere in constant contact. Furthermore, he has noted his interest in Cal as a top academic institution.
Let's hope that Williams enjoys his visit to Cal.