Before there was Kahlil McKenzie, Kyle Phillips, Alvin Kamara, or Shy Tuttle, there was Preston Williams. A Tennessee commit since September 2013, Williams was the first sign Butch Jones and the Vols weren't just capable of pulling in the once-in-a-generation legacy class of 2014, but could go get the best talent more than a year ahead of time with no on-field results to back it up.
The Vols were able to hold his commitment early and late, with Williams wearing Tennessee gear on his last visit to Auburn before getting sent home. He was yet another pull for Zach Azzanni and Tommy Thigpen despite offers from all the major SEC players.
A Top 50 consensus player and composite four-star, Williams goes 6'4" 191 and should add a nice option to what Tennessee wants to do on the outside. The good news is, unlike the receivers taken by the Vols in the last two classes, Williams doesn't have to be a hero right away for the offense to really click.
You can tell Jones and his staff emphasized wide receiver right away, and it's paid off:
- 2013: 4* Marquez North; 3* Ryan Jenkins, Paul Harris, Johnathon Johnson, Josh Smith
- 2014: 4* Josh Malone, Von Pearson; 3* Vic Wharton