The Dawgs Central staff is ready to put in a prediction for four-star 2023 WR Tyler Williams, and we expect that the talented Lakeland (FL) WR will sign with UGA.
At 6’3” and 180 pounds, Tyler Williams possesses the type of size that SEC offensive coordinators dream of. What’s rare is that Williams packages legit breakaway speed and tough running ability after the catch with his long athletic frame. Williams started his high-school career at the quarterback position, which gives him a natural understanding of how to work against different coverages and where to sit down in the middle of the field. It also means he is just starting to realize his massive potential.
Williams hasn’t been on the camp circuit and is a legitimate D1 basketball prospect who averaged 15.2 ppg and 6.1 rebounds playing 7A basketball for Lakeland (FL) his Junior season. The lack of verified measurables and longterm experience at the WR position has lead to 247, ESPN & Rivals listing Williams as the 150th-250th overall player in the 2023 recruiting cycle but his raw athleticism and long frame mean Williams has a ceiling as high as any WR in this class. He is a Top 10 WR and a Top 70 overall player in the 2023 class by our analysis.
There’s not many guys who can step into 7A football in the state of Florida and immediately blow past defensive backs. Williams has rare quickness for a guy his size, and his 33.5 inch arms are much longer than most 6’3” players. On his high-school team he returns punts and kickoffs and is also used on end-around plays. During his Junior season he averaged over 30 yards per catch.
Simply put, Williams has lateral agility and run after the catch ability that is rare in a player his height. On tape he glides, but when he sees a crease his strides lengthen and he hits a top gear that erases the defender’s angle. Williams has strong hands and does a nice job of catching the ball away from his body. He works the sidelines well and shows good spatial awareness by getting his feet down in-bounds when moving at full speed. He often burns defenders so there isn’t many 50/50 ball opportunities on his tape, but his rebounding ability on the basketball court should allow him to be a natural high pointer of the football on contested catches.
His offer list included 40 of the country’s best programs, including Alabama, LSU, USC, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Florida, Clemson, Ole Miss, Michigan, Oklahoma and Auburn. This is another ace WR evaluation from the UGA staff, and Williams may end up manning the Z position on the Bulldogs starting offense for multiple seasons.