Sooners' top 10 hidden gems: No. 4

May, 6, 2014
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The spring evaluation period is upon us.

Oklahoma has made a living out of evaluating and developing well, helping the Sooners go 51-15 during their past five seasons including four straight seasons with double-digit wins. During Bob Stoops’ tenure the Sooners have been able to consistently compete for championships thanks in part to their ability to land hidden gems like Aaron Colvin and Dominique Alexander. This week we’ll count down the top five, continuing with No. 4.

No. 4 Daryl Williams, tackle, Class of 2010

Recruiting rank: No. 53 offensive tackle

What we said: “Williams will benefit from a redshirt year. After a year to develop both physically and technique wise, we feel he can begin to contribute at the BCS level.” -- ESPN recruiting analyst

Other reported offers: Kansas, Baylor, Auburn, Texas Tech, TCU

Career production: Williams has started 23 games during his first three seasons despite injuries as a freshman and sophomore. After a redshirt season in 2010, Williams started the first game of his collegiate career against Tulsa. But an ankle injury forced him out of the lineup and he ended up playing spot duty in nine games as a redshirt freshman. In 2012, he started the first 10 games of the season at right tackle before a knee injury forced him to miss the final three games. He still earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore. In 2013, Williams was relatively injury free for the first time in his career. He responded with 13 starts including a start at left tackle during his junior season. He earned second-team All-Big 12 honors.

Why Williams is No. 4: He has been extremely productive ever since his redshirt season with injury being the only thing to keep him off the field. Williams has been an anchor on the offensive line and performed like a top-100 recruit. He’s set to become a three-year starter and one of the core leaders of the Sooners in 2014.

Williams hasn’t been perfect and other recruits have gotten more acclaim but it’s not easy to find an offensive linemen like the Texas native who started his first collegiate game and is on the road to finish his career as a three-year starter. Williams was overshadowed on signing day by Tony Jefferson, Blake Bell, Brennan Clay and Kenny Stills in the Sooners’ 2010 class but his actual contribution to the program is as good as any other player in his class.

The rest of the list:

No. 5: OT Lane Johnson
No. 6: DE Charles Tapper
No. 7: LB Eric Striker
No. 8: LB Dominique Alexander
No. 9: CB Demontre Hurst
No. 10: G Tyler Evans

Brandon Chatmon | email

Oklahoma/Big 12 reporter

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