Hykeem Williams commits to Florida over Texas A&M and more

A successful start to the season was essential to coach Mike Norville and Florida State to start 2022. Not only to get Norville off the heat bench, but also to demonstrate the progress the Seminoles have made as a program on the pitch.

It started paying off this week. After four-star linebacker Blake Nicholson landed on Tuesday night, the Seminoles plowed into another big fish on Friday afternoon.

Five-star wide receiver Haikim Williams announced his decision live on CBS Sports HQ to commit to Florida over Texas A&M, Pittsburgh, Miami, Georgia and Alabama.

It’s hard to underestimate the importance of the Seminole win. The country’s top shows have been following Williams for over a year. It’s a potential game changer that could be involved early in his real new season. This guy seems to be coming down to Florida and Texas A&M. Relationships won in Tallahassee in the end.

Momentum began to change over the summer, especially after Williams made an unofficial, multi-day visit to Florida in late July. He attended several pre-season practices and Seminole Showcase to finish the month. At the time, Williams grumbled on how realistic the staff was.

They’re real. All coaches are real and they won’t lie,” Williams told NoleGameday’s Dustin Lewis in a previous interview. “Then like Florida, all the crew, the players, they’re all working for one thing and they’re going to put in the work.”

Along with Norville, wide reception coach Ron Dugans was instrumental in this hiring. It may seem surprising to some, but Dougans and Williams developed a strong relationship. They talk fairly often.

“Coach Dougans, I talk to him all the time,” Williams previously said. Williams continued, “He’s always a guy with good feelings, I’ve stayed with him the whole time. It was such a good time. We talk almost every day.” “It’s not just about football but about life so it’s a good relationship.”

The Florida native has seen four of his opponents compete since the start of the college football season. He traveled to New Orleans for Florida’s win over LSU before attending Pittsburgh’s loss to Tennessee the following week. Williams concluded the tour with an unofficial visit to Texas A&M for the team’s win over Miami last weekend.

The Aggies pressured Williams hard for a commitment before leaving College Station. He didn’t relent despite meeting head coach Jimbo Fisher in his office and Texas A&M rolling out the red carpet.

Williams is the first five-star compound to commit to Florida since Norville took over the program and earned the rating. He’s an outlandish athlete with a chance of turning into an influential player and a vertical threat at the college level. Williams had 40 passes for 750 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior while picking the Sun Sentinel All-Broward 5A-1A on offense.

The Stranahan High School product is a multisport starter. He averaged a double as a junior and helped lead his team to a second state championship in three years.

Adding Williams jumps Florida’s state class from No. 19 to No. 15 in the country. It’s the Seminole’s 16th verbal commitment and the third wide receiver, joining Vandrivius Jacobs and Goldie Lawrence.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound receiver is the overall No. 22, No. 4 WR and No. 5 recruit in Florida in the 2023 class according to 247Sports.

Williams is the first five-star wide receiver to commit to Florida since 2015 (George Campbell).

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