Sunday evening, Meyer got his wish and Glover-Williams pledged to the Buckeyes. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound, speedball fits in perfectly with what Meyer wants to do offensively.
WHAT IS THERE TO LIKE? Lost in the spin moves, leaping catches, and highlight reel runs is the fact that Eric Glover-Williams is an amazing competitor. He is not afraid to make a play in the last minute of a game, and he will never face a moment that is too big for him. Then there is the speed......raw, pure speed. EGW won the smokehouse contest at Ohio State's recent summer camp, easily beating the hundreds of other campers on hand. Moves? When you are a tough player to get stopped in 7on7, which is basically one-hand tap, you have more wiggle than a dancer on speed. Even though he plays quarterback, there is no doubting his ability to catch the football, and his hands are good. Little guy, right? Hardly. Glover-Williams is very strong and is able to run through tacklers, when he isn't running away from them. Simply put, he is a threat to score from any spot on the field at any time. He earned the "Superman" nickname honestly from his play on the field.
WHAT ARE THE CONCERNS? Although I see him primarily as an offensive weapon, Glover-Williams could play cornerback at Ohio State and his height could be a question mark. As a receiver, he is earmarked for the slot position and would not be able to make an impact outside the numbers because of the 5-foot-10 frame. Once you get past the lack of height, there are exactly zero concerns about EGW's ability to affect the outcome of a football game. I expect Ohio State to use him in the slot, and also as a return specialist, where he is devastating. Height will not be a factor in those two areas at all.
WHAT ARE THE INTANGIBLES? Glover-Williams has a meanness about him on the football field that usually isn't seen in smaller players, and he is there to beat people. The biggest high school game he will ever play in is the annual contest with arch-rival Massillon, and there is more pressure in that game than any playoff game. As a sophomore, Glover-Williams got off to a rough start and his errors put McKinley in a 24-7 hole at Massillon and you thought maybe the game was too big for him. But in the second half, he rallied his team and lost a tough one 37-29. Glover-Williams ended up with 141-yards rushing and 196-passing, accounting for all four Bulldog touchdowns. He also played defense and returned kicks in that game. He's been on the recruiting radar so long that people forget he still has two years of high school remaining, so he's going to get a lot better before he gets to Ohio State.
PLAYER COMPARISON: Tavon Austin. The size, speed, athleticism, game-breaking ability and overall flair for the game puts Glover-Williams as an Austin-type player at the high school level.