Will Preston Williams make an immediate impact for the Vols at WR?
Preston Williams is the latest blue chip wide receiver to commit to Tennessee. The five-star ranks as the No. 30 overall prospect and No. 5 wide receiver for the 2015 class.
Vols fans are salivating at the thought of Williams joining a corps that already includes Marquez North, Von Pearson, Pig Howard and Josh Malone.
Williams’ ceiling for potential is high, ranking above a seven in every skill category, according to 247Sports. But the ultimate factor in how much playing time he’ll receive next season is depth.
In 2014, Malone was Tennessee’s top incoming freshman pass catcher and had high expectations in his first season. But the former Station Camp High School standout saw limited playing time starting in just six games.
In 2015, the Vols should be even better with gained experience, making it even less likely for a freshman to crack the starting lineup. However, Williams could see playing time should Tennessee’s nagging injuries continue next season. Four receivers suffered season ending injuries, while others missed several games.
If given the opportunity, Williams can be an immediate contributor. Williams’ already has the size of an SEC receiver, but will need to adapt to the college game.
As a freshman, he will face growing pains and rely on natural ability, but he does have the talent to have a successful first season. Even with a limited role, the freshman should see enough playing time to excel within a talented group of wideouts.
Tennessee should have one of the best receiving corps in the SEC next season. If the Vols can find stability on the offensive line, they will be able to expand their playbook and take chances downfield with a more experienced offense.
Williams should add to what is already a talented unit and provide yet another option for dual-threat quarterback Joshua Dobbs.