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Penn State Offers 5-Star ‘25 Alabama WR Commit Ryan “Hollywood” Williams

Photo by Penn State Athletics: James Franklin

Penn State football has extended an offer to one of the top-rated players of the 2025 Class: Ryan “Hollywood” Williams. 

Williams tweeted this news Wednesday night.

The five-star is the top receiver in the country for his Class and the No. 4 overall player, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. 

He comes from Saraland High School in Alabama and is the son of former Auburn Tiger Ryan Williams. 

Despite his dad’s connection to the enemy, the younger Williams committed to Nick Saban and Alabama last October and hasn’t backed off that commitment. According to 247, Williams put up video game numbers in 2022. He picked up 700 yards and 15 touchdowns just as a running back. 

As a receiver, he caught 88 passes for 1,641 yards and 24 touchdowns. 

So, he’s pretty good, and colleges have noticed. 

Along with Alabama and Penn State, Williams has offers from schools such as Auburn, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida State, two-time defending national champion Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, USC and West Virginia. 

Williams also runs track, putting up sub-11.00 times in the 100-meter dash and sub-22.00 times in the 200-meter this spring, with top times of 10.49 in the 100 and 21.28 in the 200. Williams also ran the 400 in 48.19 with a high jump of six feet, eight inches. As a freshman, Williams qualified for states in the 100- and 200-meter, placing fourth in the 200. 

Penn State currently has three players committed to its ’25 Class— none of which play receiver. Four-star OT Jaelyne Matthews (Toms River, New Jersey) was the first to commit, doing so in late January. Three-star safety Omari Gaines (Newark, New Jersey) was next, doing so in late March, and the most recent one was four-star running back Kiandrea Barker (Houston, Texas), who made his decision the day of Penn State’s annual Blue-White Game and announced his decision the next day. 

Currently, there’s nothing to indicate that Penn State will be landing Williams, but a recruit this talented recruit is always worth keeping an eye on. 

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