“We did always say we were gonna play college ball together”

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Perhaps no one is as excited for the Sooners’ latest 2021 commit as Caleb Williams. And in Monday’s edition of his blog series via SI All-American, Williams deferred center stage to his childhood friend and future Oklahoma teammate.

“My boy Jalil Farooq,” Williams said. “I’d been pushing him to try and commit to Oklahoma and he finally committed. It was an awesome video, awesome production, he did a good job. His family was awesome, as always, the people that did the video were awesome. … We’ve been up to big things since we were kids playing ball together. We wanted to go to high school together, we couldn’t make that happen, but we did always say we were gonna play college ball together.”

Farooq, who played alongside Williams in seventh and eighth grade, officially pledged to Oklahoma on Sunday evening. He’d been silent committed to the Sooners for several months, but waited to announce his decision until his mother’s birthday.

“My relationship with Caleb — we grew up together, basically,” Farooq told SI Sooners. “We had a great bond. He played QB, I played running back, so that’s always a good relationship.”

Farooq’s pledge is another massive testament to Lincoln Riley’s prowess in recruiting from the Washington, D.C. area, as the Sooners now boast four 2021 commits from the DMV (Williams, Kelvin Gilliam and Damond Harmon are the others). Now, the focus turns to a fifth DMV stud who’s also heavily considering the Sooners. Williams went out of his way this past weekend to join Tristan Leigh to stump for fall sports in Virginia.

“It was a Tristan Leigh thing, with his mother, his teammates and other teams in what was basically a push for sports to be played in Virginia,” Williams said. “So I drove about an