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Welcome to the U, Chantz Williams

Miami adds a dynamic edge rusher to 2020 recruiting class

State of the U Illustration by Mike Meredith

The Miami Hurricanes added an elite prospect to the 2020 recruiting class today when Orange Park (FL) Oakleaf 4-star DE Chantz Williams committed to The U.

Standing 6’4” 238lbs, Williams has a perfect physical profile for the rush end position he plays and excels at. He tested very well at The Opening Regional and Finals, clocking 4.66 and 4.59 in the 40, 4.49 in the short shuttle, and a 35.9” vertical leap to go along with an 80 inch wingspan. If those numbers don’t make sense to you, let me clarify things: Williams had the highest athletic testing score of any Lineman at The Opening Finals.

Seems decent, if you ask me.

A dynamic player off the edge, Williams had 22 TFLs, 15 QB hurries, 9 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles as a junior for Oakleaf. That’s a very productive season, and indicative of the top talent that he possesses.

A 3 sport standout, Williams also holds Oakleaf’s blocks record on the hardwood. He has been favorably compared to former Alabama DE Tim Willilams. Here’s 247sports’ analyst John Garcia Jr’s take on Chantz:

Long edge prospect with lean, athletic build. Pure pass rusher with explosive first step and developed technique. Can beat blocker with speed or strong pound-for-pound force. Powerful lower-half with great wingspan. Aware on the edge and can play the football if initial rush is unsuccessful. Redirects well and pursues with great motor. Can navigate tight spaces and play through the wash. Runs well and tests well. Stand-up ability with considerable experience with his hand in the dirt as well. Good lateral mover. Once focused solely on football should fill out well at high-end Power Five program and see snaps sooner rather than later. In the day and age of spread offenses and pass-first programs he could become key cog in elite defense and spur it into pro career thereafter.

An All-American and clear blue chip prospect, Williams is the #3 DE in this class, #12 player in the State of Florida, and #85 overall prospect in 2020 according to the 247sports composite. No matter how you slice it, that’s elite (and, honestly, might even be a bit low for a player of his caliber, if we’re being honest).

This is a major, major recruiting win for Miami. Williams held scholarship offers from all over America. With 23 offers on his list, and unquestionably more school where he could show up day 1 and be welcomed with open arms, Wiliams committed to Miami over Florida, Georgia, LSU, and Alabama, among others.

Williams joins HS teammate 4-star OT Jalen Rivers in committing to Miami in this class. While each player made their own recruiting decision, getting both Rivers and Williams, reforming the package deal they once openly said they were for this class, is something that had to factor in the recruitment of both talented players.

The 22nd commitment in Miami’s 2020 recruiting class, Williams is the 4th DE to commit to Miami this cycle. He joins 3-star Elijah Roberts, Tre’von Riggins, and Quentin Williams at this position in this class. It should be noted, however, that 3-star OLB Romello Height has been recruited as a DE, and Roberts and Riggins are both likely if not certain to bump inside to DT at the college level.

In any event, getting Williams is a huge recruiting win over plenty of SEC blue bloods and that’s good for Miami. How good? Check out the HUDL highlights below and decide for yourself:

Welcome to the U, Chantz!