Florida is one of four programs still in the running for Top 100 prospect

Jan 6, 2022 | 0 comments

After officially visiting several programs, including Florida, back in June, Tulsa (Ok.) Booker T. Washington four-star athlete Gentry Williams‍ pledged to home state Oklahoma.

Though he committed, Lincoln Riley's decision to leave the Sooners for Southern Cal caused him to hold off in inking with OU during the Early Signing Period.

Now, the 6-foot, 170-pounder has just under a month to figure out where he stands and what he wants to do.

Because programs are seeing coaches and players come and go at a breakneck pace, with Oklahoma being hit particularly hard, the one thing Williams said that he does know, his decision will be based less on who his coaches and teammates are and more so on the institution itself.

“This is something we never really witnessed so it's hard to get anyone's advice on it, so you're kind of going into it blindfolded,” explained Williams. “It showed me that you really have to trust your gut instinct, that what you want really has to be the school and not your relationships.”

While relationships with players and coaches may not be something that he bases his final decision on, he said that he is still talking to several coaches.

“I talk to Coach [Brent] Venables (Oklahoma), I talk to Coach [Corey] Raymond at Florida, Coach [Kevin] Mathis at J-State and Coach [Sam] Carter and Coach [inaudible] at Arkansas. And that's really about it.”

When it comes to Florida, there's been a bit of a change in their approach. Under the previous staff, Williams was being recruited as a wide receiver, but the new regime likes him as a defensive back.

“Really, all the schools like me as an athlete, it's wherever they can see me playing early on, but Coach Raymond's message is the same as it was when he was at LSU. Just let him turn me into a great player like he knows he can.”

If those are the only four programs he is currently speaking with, that means it's a four-team race between Arkansas, Florida, Jackson State, and Oklahoma.

When asked to put a percentage on his commitment to the Sooners, Williams replied, “I can't put a percentage on it. They're the leaders, but it's not like they are so far above the others if you know what I mean."

Williams told Inside the Gators that while he is still considering taking them, he doesn't currently have any official visits set for January.

“It's hard to say right now. I'm talking to coaches and trying to see what situation is best for me and my family. I can't say what I want to do for visits right now because I've got to get healthy first.”

What Williams is talking about health-wise is that while he said he feels perfectly fine, he is currently in the Covid-19 Protocols in San Antonio and is unable to practice and perhaps won't be able to play on Saturday.

“I'm still here going day-to-day with the protocols,” explained Williams. “Playing in the game is something I grew up always wanting to be a part of, but I guess I have to write my own destiny, my own story, so I'll move on.”

Williams is the No. 81 ranked prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite.

The Inside Scoop: It was hard to get a feel for where he stands without him really going into detail or sharing his feelings about Oklahoma. I do get a feeling that he wants to take some January official visits, but Florida may be looking up at OU and JSU right now as far as the visit pecking order is concerned. If the Gators can get him back on campus, they'll of course have a shot to flip him, but getting him on campus first is the key.

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