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I don’t even know if it is appropriate to have a recruiting profile on a guy that has already been part of another college program, but why not. Former Southlake Carroll WR Peyton Williams will transfer to Texas Tech, however, this isn’t your normal transfer.
PLAYER: Peyton Williams
HIGH SCHOOL: Carroll (Southlake, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.6 | Scout | ESPN 76 | 247 Sports 78
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 63.90
VTM PROFILE DATE: January 12, 2013
Williams was apparently injured for almost all of last year and was given a "greyshirt" by then Colorado coach John Embree. This may mean nothing to you, but current commit J.J. Loller was given a "greyshirt" and what that means is that they all go to class during the fall semester with the hope or thought that a scholarship will open up in the spring and they would become part of the program at that time. The other productive player that I recall that received a greyshirt from Texas Tech was Lyle Leong. Essentially, it is a way to promise a player a spot. Some of these players attend the school, and others stay at home for the semester. I think Loller stayed close to home, but there’s no right or wrong way.
Williams tore his ACL during the state playoffs his senior year. Williams apparently paid his own way at Colorado, so that means he’s free to transfer and play immediately, assuming his knee is healthy.
OFFERS | Not a bad offer list: Colorado, Memphis, Minnesota, North Texas, Pittsburgh, Tulsa and Wyoming. I'm sure that it would have been better had he torn his ACL at the end of the football season.
STATS | Williams was very productive his senior year, which was 2011. He had 90 catches for 1,162 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a junior Williams had 56 catches for 683 yards and 6 touchdowns. Southlake has had a good offense for a long time and I think that Williams and current TAMU commit Kenny Hill threw to Williams all of 2011.
THE PLAYER SPEAKS | When Williams decided to leave, it sounded like he just wanted to be closer to home:
"The coaches were great and all that. I just want to be closer to home. It is an awesome environment, but I didn't feel like I fit in as well as maybe I could somewhere else ... I am a Texas kid, and I want to stay close to my family."
I can understand that. And actually, I don't know if it was Williams intent, but I think it was smart of him to pay his own way so that he would have options. Same thing for Loller.
SCOUTING REPORT | I've really only been able to find 0:47 seconds of film, so that's not a lot of time to have a lot definitive thoughts about Williams as a player. The stats for Williams are telling in that he was really productive his junior and senior years. That's some really good production at a high level.
Williams has pretty good speed and I could completely see Williams being a inside receiver. Seems like he has plenty of quickness to play the slot.
Peyton, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!