A short time ago, Bucknuts.com caught up with Wes Williams, the father of new Buckeye commitment DE Ryan Williams. It's rare to see a player from California decide so decisively for Ohio State, but even though his stock was really starting to rise, once the Buckeyes offered this player with Ohio roots, it was over.
"Arizona called last night twice, they wanted to offer him," said Mr. Williams. "UCLA and Oregon called about offers, but we told them he had made his decision. He only wanted Ohio State or Oklahoma."
In addition to the Buckeyes, Oklahoma, Washington and Colorado had offered. Even though Oklahoma was high on Ryan's list, their offer showed his quiet, down-to-earth personality.
"We were sitting down eating -- he was eating a Wendy's hamburger -- and all of a sudden he just said, "Oh, Oklahoma offered me today.," his dad said. "He's going to be interviewed as an All-American Bowl possible. He didn't even mention it to me."
Williams is a player who has worked very hard to achieve his status.
"I've always called this kid my Pete Rose," Mr. Williams said. "He wasn't the most gifted, but he just works so hard.
"He ran a 4.73 in front of Pete Carroll and had a 36-inch vertical. Last year at Ohio State camp he had a 4.68. His first one he had a 4.8 but he stumbled. He had under a 4.2 shuttle and a nearly ten foot broad jump."
Ryan benched 185 20 times and has a 500 pound squat. He has the frame to go up to 275 pounds easily and maybe even 300. He spoke to both DL coach Jim Heacock and LB coach Luke Fickell.
"Both of them said he may have the fastest first two steps they've ever seen," Mr. Williams said.
Not only does the family have Ohio roots, but there's definitely Buckeye roots there as the father, a minister, grew up with John Schlichter and Glenn Cobb.
"Last year we had (QB) Miles (Schlichter) out here for the Elite 11," he said. "Ryan hopes to hook up with him next year."
Mr. Williams said Ryan will give OSU head coach Jim Tressel the good news this evening.
"He should be speaking to Coach Tressel personally tonight," he said. "He was at a banquet last night when he made the commitment."