It didn't take long for Ohio State to find a replacement for running back George Hill.
Following a visit for the Buckeyes' game against Penn State, New London (N.C.) North Stanly four-star running back Antonio Williams committed to the Buckeyes. Williams had been committed to Wisconsin but decommitted prior to his trip to Columbus.
"I think as far as on the football field, he’s the total package," North Stanly football coach Scott Crisco told BuckeyeSports.com. "He passes the eye test. He’s a big, strong runner and he got timed at our state combine for the Shrine Bowl and got clocked at 4.4, so that’s faster than he’s been in the past.
"On the field, he’s a leader. He’s been a leader for four years, even as a freshman."
Crisco said the Buckeyes' interest in Williams grew over time and was especially evident as his recruitment progressed.
"They like his explosiveness and think he can be an every down back," Crisco said. "That's what I've been told. Of course, him being such a great student of the game and in the classroom -- he takes all honors classes -- I think they like that. He's not going to be a person that you have to stay on and make sure he goes to class and make sure he goes to workouts. In fact, he'll be the one making sure his teammates are on time."