In what has seemingly become a tradition in recent years, Tom Allen landed the highest-rated recruit in the program’s history on Monday in 4-star wide receiver RaShawn Williams.
Williams is rated as the 33rd-best wide receiver in the Class of 2020 and the 175th player overall in the class. By 247Sports’ rankings, Williams is the second-highest rated recruit but the highest in nearly two decades.
But the evaluation from Allen Trieu on the site is rather glowing and paints a picture of a player who could compete from day one with his comparison being former SEC standout LaQuon Treadwell.
Just at or below the average height for a wide receiver. Has a strong build with a good muscle base. Will be physically ready to compete when he steps on a college campus. Very physical, strong player. Tough for defenders to re-route because of that. Excellent blocker who gives top effort and plays with tenacity. Strength and hand-eye coordination allow him to excel in contested situations. Very reliable hands. Has flashed change of direction and ability after the catch. Biggest area for improvement is straight-line speed. Projects to be a reliable, productive receiver who is likely to play outside but has the tools to move into the slot also. Should be a great red-zone weapon because of ball skills and physicality. Very competitive player who will find a way to make a difference.
More importantly for the program, this is yet another win on the recruiting trail. Just last year, the Hoosiers netted what was then the top recruit in the last two decades in Sampson James of Avon.
For all the complaints about the on-field product for the Hoosiers, the wins off the field are keeping the heat off Tom Allen’s seat currently. On the heels of one of the better freshmen classes in recent memory, landing repeated top recruits should help provide just the right amount of optimism to be let down in the fall once again.