LSU football in Caleb Williams’ top 3, but Tigers still face an uphill battle

LSU Football helmet. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)
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LSU football is one of the teams to beat for 2021 five-star quarterback Caleb Williams.

2021 five-star quarterback Caleb Williams revealed his top three schools on Monday and LSU football made the cut (as expected).

Maryland and Oklahoma were also included in Williams’ top three.

Williams, 6-foot-2/209 lbs from Washington D.C. (Gonzaga), is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 1 player in Washington D.C. and the No. 1 dual threat quarterback in the nation. He’s also rated as the No. 5 overall 2021 recruit in the nation.

For now, it appears that Oklahoma is the favorite to land Williams. He has a close relationship with Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley.

LSU was perviously viewed as the favorite for Williams, but the departure of passing game coordinator Joe Brady hurt the Tigers a bit.

According to Rivals, Williams still sees LSU as a viable option. And he still believes he could thrive in the Tigers’ offense with offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and new passing game coordinator Scott Linehan. But because of the coronavirus related recruiting shutdown, Williams hasn’t been able to make it to Baton Rouge to start building an relationship with Linehan in person.

It’s unclear when recruiting visits will be allowed to resume. And without those visits, it’s going to be hard to for LSU to beat out Oklahoma for Williams.

The Tigers still have a decent chance to land Williams, but it’s going to be an uphill battle.

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Maryland, the other program in Williams’ top three, probably isn’t much of a threat here. That’s the hometown school for Williams, but it’s hard to imagine the top quarterback prospect in the nation going to a program that went 3-9 in 2019.