Two college football players from Missouri will play in 2021’s upcoming College Football Playoff. Jameson Williams from St. Louis is playing for Alabama and Hassan Haskins from Eureka is suiting up for Michigan.
Williams began his career as an Ohio State Buckeye but transferred to Alabama after seeing little of the field in his freshman and sophomore campaigns. Since the transfer, the wideout has proceeded to have a breakout season in his junior year, bringing in 1,445 receiving yards while snagging 15 receiving touchdowns. Though Williams has not yet declared for the NFL draft, his impressive 2021 numbers have led many to believe he’s a potential first-round draft pick.
Long before he was being evaluated for the NFL, Williams played his high school football at Cardinal Ritter College Prep in St. Louis. He was a four-star recruit and was the 183rd ranked player in ESPN’s top 300 high school football players.
The Crimson Tide will look to defeat the surprise team of college football this season, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. Cincinnati is the first team outside of a major conference to make the College Football Playoff and will be looking to upset the NCAA’s goliath in Alabama.
On the other side of the bracket, Michigan running back Hassan Haskins will look to continue his impressive Senior season. Haskins has notched 1,288 yards on the ground and hustled for 20 touchdowns this year.
He is also expected to be selected in the upcoming NFL draft with ESPN’s Mel Kiper listing the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Haskins as one of his top 10 running-back prospects. Each player has until Jan. 17 to declare for the NFL Draft.
Haskins was a three-star recruit out of Eureka High School in 2018. Although he was not ranked in the ESPN top 300, he was considered the 55th best running back and the 14th best player in the state of Missouri.
If Haskins were to make it to the NFL, he would be the second member of his family to play professionally. His older brother, Maurice Alexander was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2014.
Both Williams and Haskins will look to be impact players in this season’s CFP. Should Alabama and Michigan win their semi-final matchups, the Championship game will feature players from Missouri as the main offensive weapons for both teams.