Mikey Williams, a 2023 combo guard, has whittled down his recruiting list to 10. And what a fascinating top 10 list it is.
Williams has been hinting for months that he had substantial interest in taking his talents to an HBCU. Seeing his friend Makur Maker pick Howard earlier this month only ramped up that speculation.
So it should come as little surprise that when he released his final 10, there were more than a couple HBCU’s on the list. NCAA blue blood Kansas made the cut, as did Arizona State, Memphis, San Diego State and USC.
But the other half of Williams’ list were all HBCUs. Alabama State, Hampton, NCCU, Tennessee State and Texas Southern all made the final cut. It’s a wider selection of HBCUs than even Makur Maker had.
ESPN rates Williams as a five-star prospect and the No. 3 overall recruit in the Class of 2023.
I appreciate every college that has recruited me up until this point but here’s my top 10. Let’s Rock! pic.twitter.com/wcWQDnV8wR
— Mikey Williams (@619PRESIDENTIAL) July 22, 2020
It’s hard to overstate what an incredible pickup Mikey Williams would be for all HBCUs, let alone the one he chooses.
Few of those programs have ever had a four-star recruit, let alone a five-star.
But if a recruit with the national following that Williams has (2.3 million Instagram followers and counting) joins their ranks, then those schools that have struggled to make names for themselves on a national level will have entire new avenues of recruiting available.
Then again, there’s always the chance he just sticks with a traditional choice like Kansas or Memphis…
Mikey Williams has a long ways to go before he needs to come to a decision. But we’ll be watching this one extra closely.