ACCOLADES: Williamson helped IMG to a second consecutive undefeated season in 2016 with a 12-0 mark. In his one season at IMG, he returned an inter- ception for a touchdown, recovered two fumbles and returned one for a touchdown, and recorded 36 tack- les and two pass breakups. The Under Armour All-American was named special-mention Division I all-state as a junior in 2015 for Westerville (Ohio) South.
WILLIAMSON SAYS: “I just think, for Ohio guys, (playing at Ohio State) means a little more to us. We’re from here, we’re playing in front of our families, we grew up watching (former Ohio State quarterback) Terrelle Pryor and all of those guys. It’s a different feeling. It’s hard to explain. I’m just glad to be here.”
EXPERT’S TAKE: “Williamson is a speedy cover corner that does a nice job of locking down his man and staying in their back pocket. He has to continue to get stronger and add weight but plays light on his feet with loose hips to go along with it. He’s not a big talker in the secondary either, but Williamson certainly doesn’t lack confidence once it’s time to clock in and man up.” – Chad Simmons
PERSONAL: Williamson is the son of Tamar and Marlon Williamson. He joins safety Isaiah Pryor as the two prospects from IMG in Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class. He plans to major in history and to eventually go into law school. Williamson enrolled early at Ohio State in January and spent three years at Westerville South before transferring to IMG for his senior season.
2017 OUTLOOK: Ohio State lost two cornerbacks to the NFL in Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley, but reloaded with some of the best defensive back talent in the country in the 2017 recruiting class. Williamson will have to fight for playing time with a crowded cornerback room that includes Denzel Ward and Damon Arnette as Buckeyes who played a lot in 2016 as well as fellow classmates Shaun Wade, Jeffrey Okudah, Amir Riep and JUCO transfer Kendall Sheffield. While it is unlikely he cracks the two deep as a true freshman, Williamson could very well see time on special teams as a rookie.
COMMIT DATE: April 18, 2015
If you enjoyed this story, you will love Buckeye Sports Bulletin, the newspaper “For The Buckeye Fan Who Needs To Know More” since 1981. For four free trial issues of Buckeye Sports Bulletin with no obligation, click here.