Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
Tom Allen and the Indiana Hoosier football program scored a major recruiting win on Monday afternoon as Rashawn Williams, a four-star wide receiver from Michigan (Martin Luther King H.S.), announced he was committing to the Hoosiers. Allen Trieu of 247 Sports first reported.
Williams is ranked as the 166th best prospect in the nation (#3 in Michigan) by 247Sports Composite rankings as well as the 33rd best receiver. He holds 26 offers, but had narrowed his decision to IU, Purdue, Cincinnati, Syracuse and West Virginia in a post on Twitter Sunday night. Williams is the third commitment in IU’s 2020 class and his primary recruiters were wide receiver coach Grant Heard and running backs coach Mike Hart.
Williams, at 6’1 and 185 pounds, fits the type of wide receiver that the Hoosiers are looking for. With the impending graduation of Donavan Hale and Nick Westbrook, the Hoosiers need to prioritize the position in 2020. Williams recently won the wide receiver MVP at the Rivals camp in Cincinnati.
Allen Trieu a national recruiting analyst for 247 Sports gave his evaluation of Williams back in September:
Just at or below the average height for a wide receiver. Has a strong build with a good muscle base. Will be physically ready to compete when he steps on a college campus. Very physical, strong player. Tough for defenders to re-route because of that. Excellent blocker who gives top effort and plays with tenacity. Strength and hand-eye coordination allow him to excel in contested situations. Very reliable hands. Has flashed change of direction and ability after the catch. Biggest area for improvement is straight-line speed. Projects to be a reliable, productive receiver who is likely to play outside but has the tools to move into the slot also. Should be a great red-zone weapon because of ball skills and physicality. Very competitive player who will find a way to make a difference.
Williams told 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong “what excites me about Indiana is it would be like a fresh start for me, somewhere I could go and have an immediate impact. I’ve built a good relationship with the coaches. They love my mom, my mom loves it down there on campus so it seems like a good fit.”
Hoosier fans can watch his highlights here. With this commitment the Hoosiers shoot up more than 20 spots to 52nd nationally and 11th in the Big Ten.