Williams, Bemoll Play For CIF Title Tonight

We have an update with Mission Viejo, Calif., defensive end Ryan Williams. He and teammate Kevin Bemoll -- also an Ohio State verbal -- will play for the CIF-SS Division II title tonight. Click here for all the details.

Today is the day Mission Viejo, Calif., defensive end Ryan Williams has been waiting for.

Williams (6-5, 240) and MVHS offensive lineman Kevin Bemoll, each Ohio State verbal commitments, will lead the Diablos (13-0) into tonight's CIF-South Section Division II championship game against Valencia at Angel Stadium. The game, set for a 7:30 p.m. Pacific time start, will be shown on some Fox Sports Net West outlets.

"It is pretty awesome to be here," said Williams, who helped MVHS defeat Upland 48-12 in the semifinals last weekend. "We have been working all year around since last year. We were disappointed in ourselves after losing in the championship game (to Newhall Hart) last year. We worked hard to get back and to try and win it.

"We're not used to losing. It was our goal to get back here and win it all."

Williams committed to Ohio State on May 27, picking the Buckeyes over offers from Colorado and Oklahoma. Bemoll committed about a month later. That duo flew out to Columbus for the Michigan game Nov. 20.

"The whole atmosphere for that game was awesome," Williams said. "Ohio fans are way more crazy than what we see in California. It blew me away how many people were there."

Williams enjoyed meeting other members of the OSU recruiting class as well as other prospects.

"We hung with some of the verbal commitments, like Doug Worthington the defensive end, Todd Denlinger, Alex Boone, Jimmy Cordle, Brian Hartline and Rob Schoenhoft. It was good to hang out with them and get to know them," Williams said.

Williams and Bemoll then welcomed OSU coach Jim Tressel for in-home visits on Sun., Nov. 28.

"We talked about everything," Williams said. "We went over the different colleges (at OSU) and eligibility. He flew out (to California) just to meet with us. That was pretty nice of him."

Williams played his junior year at 215 pounds. The added weight has helped him win many battles, he said.

"I think I have gotten better and faster with the pass rush," Williams said. "I think my technique is better and I've gotten better at stopping the run."

Williams revealed that the Buckeyes may be after more players at MVHS.

"They may also be looking at a couple of the juniors at our school," he said. "We have a tight end, Conrad Reuland, who is 6-6, 240 pounds. And our running back, Shane Moline, is 6-3, 240.

"Kevin and I are still working on (senior quarterback) Mark Sanchez. He committed to USC, but if something happens with (offensive guru) Norm Chow that might change things with him. We're not giving up on him."

Williams holds a 3.2 GPA and has scores of 1120 on the SAT and 23 on the ACT.

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