Jul 05, 2020
Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma land 2021 5-star QB Caleb Williams
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Texas hits another record for daily new coronavirus cases Fourth of July barbecue food safety: Grilling your burgers wrong could kill you this Independence Day Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma land 2021 5-star QB Caleb Williams
Lincoln Riley has another high-profile quarterback coming his way.
Caleb Williams, Rivals.com’s top-ranked quarterback and No. 3 overall player in the 2021 class, officially committed to play at Oklahoma on Saturday night on CBS Sports.
Williams announced his decision in an intense commitment video, too.
BREAKING: 5-star QB Caleb Williams commits to Oklahoma.
Williams is the No. 1 QB in the 2021 Class and has drawn comparisons to Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.#BoomerSooner #OUDNA@CALEBcsw | @OU_Football | @OU247 pic.twitter.com/4cYuajHttp— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) July 5, 2020
“I just felt like it was the best place for me overall,” Williams said, via The Oklahoman. “I’ve got a year here but I’m ready to go gain the trust of my teammates, earn the starting spot and hopefully bring them a national championship.”
Williams, a dual-threat quarterback out of Washington, D.C., is set to enter his senior season at Gonzaga College High School. He led the program to an 8-3 finish last season and reached the conference semifinals for the fifth-straight year.
Oklahoma had landed quarterback Brock Vandagriff, Rivals.com’s No. 5 overall player in the 2021 class, however he de-committed on Jan. 1. Vandagriff, a Georgia native, later committed to play for the Bulldogs.
Williams is set to become the second top-ranked quarterback in three years to sign with the Sooners, joining redshirt freshman Spencer Rattler — who is widely expected to start for Oklahoma this fall, per The Oklahoman.
The pair are just the latest top quarterbacks to choose to play for Riley at Oklahoma, following Heisman trophy winners Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Jaylen Hurts led the Sooners to a 12-2 record last season, and finished second in the Heisman trophy voting behind LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.
With Williams’ commitment, the Sooners’ recruiting class jumped to No. 15 in Rivals.com’s rankings. Ohio State is currently atop the 2021 rankings, followed by Tennessee, Florida and USC.© Provided by Yahoo! Sports Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley smiles as he watches warmups during the Big 12 college football game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the TCU Horned Frogs on November 23, 2019, at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, OK. (Matthew Visinsky/Icon SportswireGetty Images).
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Patriots Close to Signing Key Roster Addition
Getty Jordan Leggett
The New England Patriots‘ courtship of veteran free-agent tight end Jordan Leggett went public last week. On Monday, things went to the next step when the 25-year-old was in Foxborough to take a team physical ahead of signing with the Patriots on an as-yet-revealed deal, per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
According to Rapoport, if all goes well with the physical, the Patriots will sign Leggett.Who is Jordan Leggett?
Leggett is a 6’5″ 268-pound pass-catching tight end out of Clemson. He helped the Tigers, along with Houston Texans’ quarterback (and 2021 free-agent-to-be) Deshaun Watson, win the National Championship. Leggett was a fifth-round pick to the New York Jets in 2017. A knee injury ahead of his rookie season set him back.
He was expected to be the team’s starter in place of Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Eric Tomlinson, but Leggett’s injury kept him sidelined most of the regular season. Despite showing some flashes in practice and in brief action during the regular season, the Jets waived Leggett in May 2019.
He was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he never saw regular-season action with the team. He was waived by the Bucs in late July, and the Patriots wasted little time moving toward signing him.What Signing Means for Patriots?
The Patriots don’t have a ton of experience at tight end. Last year’s starter Matt LaCosse opted out of the season, and quite frankly, he wasn’t a standout performer in 2019. The same can be said for LaCosse’s backup Ryan Izzo, who is returning. This poor play at TE is what motivated the Patriots to draft Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Preferably, the Patriots could have brought Asiasi and Keene along slowly while playing behind a more established veteran. However, with LaCosse opting out, it put New England in a position to start rookies at tight end, and that seems like something the team might not want to do.How Does the Signing Impact Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene?
If Leggett is healthy and shines in training camp, he is perhaps in a position to swoop in and to claim some serious playing time. Getting on the same page with whoever will be the team’s starting quarterback between Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham, and Brian Hoyer will be essential.
The sooner Leggett can do that, the sooner he can try to make an impact as a pass-catcher. Leggett is also going to want to show himself to be a capable blocker for the run game, and on quarterback rushes. The Patriots are likely to have a mobile quarterback for the first time since Steve Grogan was under center, and the tight end could play a major role in that aspect of the offense.Also Read:
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