OSU, Notre Dame Eye Talented Ohio Cornerback

Cornerback Robert Williams of Cincinnati Withrow is one player who could see his stock rise this summer. It's already pretty high to begin with; Williams is a top 25 player in the state of Ohio and is one of the state's top three defensive backs. We had a chance to catch up with williams and see where things stood with his recruiting and what his plans are for the coming summer months.

The list of Ohio prospects who might have the best chance of seeing their offer lists grow this summer would not be complete without cornerback Robert Williams of Cincinnati Withrow. Williams, who is currently one of the state's top three defensive back prospects, has already received offers from Boston College, Illinois, Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Miami (Ohio), and some of the region's top programs are also eying a possible offer.

"Ohio State and Notre Dame are both showing a lot of interest," Williams said. "I just have to get my grades in order. I am at
a 2.5 right now.

"They want to see some improvement. Both have said that is all I need to get an offer."

Williams (5-11, 165) has a teammate -- defensive end Kallen Wade -- who has already committed to Notre Dame. Williams attended Notre Dame's Junior Day, and he told IrishEyes.com that Notre Dame and Ohio State were at the top of his list. But Williams also added that Ohio State being a childhood favorite could play a role.

""I grew up an Ohio State fan. My liking of them may affect my decision a little, but we'll have to see," Williams said in March.

Williams also went to Ohio State's junior day and was able to come up to OSU during the spring. 

"I was up for junior day before this," Williams said. "It was real well. I spoke to Coach Tressel. We spoke for awhile.

"He asked me was coming up for camp. I will be coming up. I will also going to Miami for sure."

Williams is scheduled to take his next test on June 25. Unlike Wade, Williams seems to want to take some time before making a decision.

"I think I want to wait to make a decision," he said.

Williams had 9 interceptions last season and 11 as a sophomore. His team is a resurgent program and finished 10-0 in 2004 but lost a heartbreaker in the first round of the playoffs.

"We went 10-0," Williams said. "We were ahead against Jackson then lost 35-34. I will never forget that."

Right now, Williams is running track for Withrow. He runs the 100, 200, 4x100, 4x200, and 400 and is one of the Cincinnati area's fastest athletes.

"I think I can run 4.3," he said. "I ran a 4.39 last summer."


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