Some Quick Thoughts On Connor Williams

In today’s Open Post, one of our readers (Zack) put up the tweet that a kid named Connor Williams (Coppell, TX) had recently received an OU offer. In reading the tweet, I noticed he was a 2015 offensive lineman but the name didn’t ring a bell. So I jump on Hudl, and come to find out he’s listed as a tight end but checks in at 6’5″ 275 lbs.

Before anyone jumps on the train of ‘why do we go after these guys who were tight ends and wah wah wah’, just check the film. If recent memory serves me correctly, we had a former tight end/high school QB who went fourth overall in the draft to the Eagles not too long ago. Also, Bobby Evans, in my opinion, is going to be elite at the tackle position, and he also played two years in high school at the tight end spot. Sam Grant, another kid who came in as a TE, is now an offensive tackle full-time and looked pretty good in the spring game, I might add. So why is it that coaches go after these guys at the tight ends position?

First, you have to look at the athleticism of the player. Baring in mind that if a guy isn’t athletic or quick enough to get to the block he needs to make, it doesn’t make a crap if he’s as big as a house. Secondly, you have to look at the guy’s frame and determine where he may project, in terms of his size, three or four years down the road. Since we get in on a kid as a junior (what Williams is now), really, four years from now a kid would potentially just be entering his redshirt sophomore season.

So, when I was watching Connor’s film, I said to myself “Lane Johnson 2.0.” If you can look past how raw he is, three things stood out to me. First, he’s extremely athletic for a kid his size. There were several spots in the tape where you could see him getting to the point of attack much quicker than the defender. That, in and of itself, is extremely rare. Second, just look at his frame. The guy is going to be a monster in four years. He could end up being a three year starter at a school like OU, become a guy who ends up playing at 320 or 330, and not lose any of his athleticism. And finally, third, the kid looks to have the right mentality. He was very aggressive in his blocks and isn’t afraid of hustling. There were a few plays that he drove people out of the frame.

So when I look at him, I think Coach Bedenbaugh has to be excited about the idea of working with a guy like Connor (hence the offer, right?).  If Bedenbaugh can bring the potential out of him — that is assuming, of course, Williams were to commit to Oklahoma at some point — then you could have a one-two punch of potentially elite athletes at the tackle position in Williams and Bobby Evans.


  • John Garner

    Let’s hope Bedenbaugh can bring home the bacon. Great write up. Thanx!

  • Zack

    Thanks for the write up. Do you guys prefer when they go after a kid who needs to gain weight as opposed to this last recruiting class where we took a couple guys who carried some bad weight (more weight than they needed)?

    • soonerbred4ever

      I don’t think it really matters to our coaches if they see certain traits and potential they are looking for. Smitty can take them either way, up or down, to get them where the coaches want them.

    • Sonny Schovanec

      I would rather have a kid like Connor versus a kid that was heavier carrying some bad weight. Connor looks like he doesn’t have much bad weight if any at all. Once he gets hooked up with a nutritionist, CSCS people and in his college work routine everything added will be how that Oline coach wants it.

      • EasTex

        The video I saw on utube sold me on this offer.
        If he is allowed to play OT his senior year, he will get some excellent coaching. Coppell’s program is solid and plays in a tough district.

        • Sonny Schovanec

          You aint a joshin there East Texas, Coppell schedule is a piss cutter. Get you some Allen, McKinney Boyd, Hebron, F,M. Marcus,,Desoto to name a few. Geez Louis my liver would be in bad shape if I had to make a living coaching against that schedule.

          • EasTex

            Throw in an opener with Longview and a Denton Ryan sprinkled in district with the other schools you mentioned and that could make a coaches pucker factor hit 10.

  • J.K. Abbott

    I just posted some similar thoughts about Connor on the last thread. First you can’t coach 6’5″. Second this kid is athletic enough to be a TE but is on his way to being a MONSTER. Love his ability to get to the second level and lock up backers in the outside zone.

  • Doobie74OU

    Hey JY if they have any questions about how athletic you need to be to block these Edge Rushers these days they can just ask Cyrus Kouandjio. Eric Striker dropped his draft grade half a round because he looked like he had concrete shoes in the Sugar Bowl! These tackles these days BETTER be able to move or they are going to be helping their QB up off the ground a whole lot!

    • pitbull17

      Exactly! That’s one thing OU has been really good at, taking these very athletic Te’s and turning them into athletic monsters on the O line.

    • JY

      Well said

  • Sonny Schovanec

    Sweet another Oline piece by JY.. Nothing has been better to me then converting TE/s with great frames and athleticism too offensive tackles .It’s a great transition. see Bobby Evans. This kid looks to be a legit 6.5″. That alone makes him a prospect. 6’5″ with better then average athleticism. You can tell he’s played TE. He needs work in his pass pro tech but Connor can freaking down block and get to the second level on the zone play.. TE;s see a lot 7 tech’s. Connor playing TE and seeing a 7 he has gotten plenty of reps getting to second level on the outside zone and blocking down on the power play. Connor will have a ton of big time offers before his senior year is over IMO. Good stuff JY.

  • RETIEF18

    OU is notorious for turning TE’s into OLinemen. Mensik and Ikard are a couple more. And almost all of them end up being studs.

  • connie usa

    I know we’ll end up with a Top 10-15 class, but why do we always seem to start so slow? I can’t be for the lack of offers.

  • Sooner Ray

    JY, I’m starting to think you used to be a TE? Good eye on these kids, thanks. 🙂

  • Shelby is a Patriot

    Love it when the coaches do this, helps a kid reach his full potential.

  • blaster1371

    I know this post is about an Olineman , but I’m here so I’ll make my comment on the de out of canada OU offered the other day. Not sure this one is a good idea. The level of competition he played against was absolutely abysmal. Several of the guys he lined up against had worse stances than a first year pop warner player and were about as slow as molasses in winter.

    • J.K. Abbott

      The kid is 6’3, 290, runs a 4.7 and can dunk a basketball. Have you seen Ronnell Lewis Dewar film before his senior year when they were still playing 8 man?.

      • Doobie74OU

        Agreed freakishly athletic 300lb guys don’t come around all the time!

  • JB

    I don’t think anyone would in their right mind would question OU’s recruitment of TEs as tackles after the success OU has had turning out NFL OTs. Chris Chester is one of my favorite examples let alone Lane Johnson