California Standout Verbals To Ohio State has just confirmed that Mission Viejo, Calif., defensive end Ryan Williams has issued a verbal commitment to Ohio State for the 2005 football recruiting class. Click here for all the details.

Mission Viejo, Calif., defensive end Ryan Williams issued a verbal commitment to Ohio State Wednesday evening, Diablos coach Bob Johnson told moments ago.

Williams (6-5, 240) is considered one of southern California's top prospects. He had a number of offers, including ones from Oklahoma and Colorado. He also listed USC, Oregon and Washington among schools he was interested in.

When asked if Williams had committed, Johnson said, "Yes, he did. He committed last night to (OSU assistant) Luke (Fickell). He had tons of schools that had offered him."

Johnson has some Ohio roots: He was born in Washington Court House, Ohio, just 40 minutes southwest of Columbus. He attended school in the Miami Trace district before moving to California. Williams has been at Mission Viejo since at least his freshman year, Johnson said.

"He's been here his entire high school career," the coach said. "He became a starter for us last year. He is a very good player. He was recruited by everybody. You guys are getting a good one. I know he is very excited about it."

As a junior, Williams helped lead Mission Viejo to a 13-1 mark. The Diablos actually won their first 13 games before falling to Hart 25-7 in the CIF Southern Section Division II finals.

Williams tallied 75 tackles, six sacks and three fumbles forced as a junior.

But Ohio State was aware of him even before that season: He had attended OSU's summer camp last year, impressing the coaches with a reported 40-yard dash time of 4.68 seconds.

We will work on getting an interview with Ryan Williams later today.

He becomes the fourth member of OSU's 2005 class, joining Ohio standouts Jamario O'Neal, Alex Boone and Jimmy Cordle.

He would be OSU's second high school signee from California since Ken-Yon Rambo in 1997. (The Buckeyes took tailback JaJa Riley in 2001.)

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