When Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Stranahan Top247 wide receiver Hykeem Williams steps in front of the CBS Sports HQ cameras on Friday at around 2:30 p.m. EST to announce a verbal commitment, many will just assume that it's a moment that he has been thinking about since he was a little boy. While there might be some truth to that, anyone close to Williams will be quick to tell you that Williams wasn't always tracking to be the big-time football recruit he is now (No. 26 overall in the 2023 Top247, No. 5 among all receivers). In fact, there was a time when Williams was once afraid to jump into the pool at a district swim meet. So, how did Williams go from a scared freshman swimmer to a top priority for Texas A&M, Florida State, Georgia, Alabama and plenty of others? Stranahan assistant basketball coach Robinson FanFan credits two of Williams' teammates for steering him towards the gridiron. "I'll never forget," FanFan told 247Sports earlier this week. "Hykeem was playing [junior varsity] for me and two of his friends were going out for football. He said, 'Coach can I play?' I said, 'Hell no. You're a basketball guy.' But, he… Read full this story
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