Kevin Sumlin has pulled in his first recruit while at Texas A&M, and it is a big one. Oklahoma running back and former 5-star high school player Brandon Williams has decided to transfer in order to be closer to his family.
Williams ran for 216 yards on 46 carries in 2011 as a true freshman and over 2,000 in his senior season.
This is an absolutely huge pickup for the Aggies as Williams fits perfectly into Sumlin’s system.
The only knock on the running back is that he doesn’t have the power to be an every-down back. In the spread attack, that won’t be an issue as most downs are going to be a pass.
He has fantastic top-end speed—he runs a 4.47 40-yard dash—so once he finds a hole, he can explode through and is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. With teams focused so heavily on the pass, it will be easier for him to pick where he wants to go and use his talents in open space.
He also has excellent hands, and at 6’0” 190 pounds, he is the ideal size for a pass-catching running back.
Cyrus Gray will graduate at the end of this year, and Christine Michael will be gone at the end of next year. Williams is trying to get cleared to play for the 2012 season.
If he were to play next year, he would likely be a change-of-pace guy, but 2013 would be all his and he would be incredibly comfortable in the system. There’s really no wrong answer for Brandon Williams, but whatever happens will only benefit Texas A&M.