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FSU beats out Texas A&M and others for Top247 WR Hykeem Williams

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – It’s FSU for Hykeem Williams.

The blue-chip talent and All-American Bowl roster announced the news live Friday via CBS Sports HQ at a crowded gym in Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Stranahan with more than 250 people in the stands.

After initially picking up a black hat from Seminoles and throwing it to the side, Williams held a Miami ball cap in his hands for about 30 seconds. That had led some in the crowd to think the Hurricanes would cause a bit of a shock. That is until Williams was joined on the podium by FSU great Peter Warrick, who tossed him a grenade jersey with “Williams” on the back. Snoop Minnis was also present.

“It just suits me,” Williams told 247Sports earlier Friday when asked why he chose the Seminoles. “The players there, they bond very well. They push each other, both on and off the field. The coaches, they love their players. Coach [Ron] Dugans, he knows a lot about receivers and can take you to the league.”

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Williams, who is the number 26 in the country in the 2023 class and the number 4 wide receivers in the 2023 class, also thought about Texas A&M, Georgia, Alabama, Pittsburgh and, of course, Miami. He is now in line to become the highest-ranked wideout to ink with FSU since Ermon Lane took his talents to Tallahassee in 2014.

The Seminoles were in charge of Dugans, but there were many other people involved in the recruiting as everyone from head coach Mike Norvell to assistant recruiting director Ryan Bartow (who has deep ties to South Florida) built a relationship with Williams. Speaking of Novell, it sounds like he may have helped push things over the edge over the past few weeks.

“Oh my god, he’s different,” Williams said when asked about Norvell. “He’s very uplifting. He wants the best for his players. When it comes to speeches. I think his speeches make me want to run through a wall.”

Williams was in New Orleans earlier this month for the FSU’s last-second win over LSU. He was also in Tallahassee in late July when he had the chance to watch the Seminoles go through a training camp.

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“They work,” Williams. “I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been to too many practices or something, but that’s probably one of the hardest working colleges I’ve seen. They are really building there. Secure.”


Willems — who was named on 247Sports’ Freaks List for the class of 2023 in August – has one of the more unique backgrounds growing up with basketball before discovering the game of football. He comes from a junior season where he caught 40 passes for 750 yards and 11 touchdowns.

“I knew he was going to be a guy in the first round of the playoffs against Miami Northwestern,” Stranahan head coach Travis Harden recently told 247Sports. “He was a freshman that we moved to the varsity late in the season. He dropped every ball in the pregame. Any. Single. Ball. He was so nervous and frustrated. don’t worry, because you will be the next big thing to come out of Stranahan.’ I just felt it that night.”

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Williams will be commit No. 15 in the 2023 cycle for FSU, which is 3-0 in year 3 of the Norvell era.

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