Nathan Williams is a Buckeye

The Buckeyes have been on a remarkable recruiting run lately as they have secured verbal commitments from three players in the past 48 hours. learned from Miami Trace head coach Jeff Conroy that Nathan Williams is the latest player to join the Buckeye family.

It has been a solid week on the recruiting trail for the Ohio State Buckeyes. First, they reeled in the Nation's No. 26 player in Edgewater, Fla. interior offensive lineman Michael Brewster. One day later, they struck gold again when Klein, Texas offensive tackle J.B. Shugarts issued his commitment during a press conference.

The OSU recruiting train did not stop there. It just kept rolling down the tracks to Miami Trace High and picked up one of the "Buckeye State's" top defensive talents, Nathan Williams.

Williams, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end from Miami Trace High in Washington Court House, Ohio selected the Buckeyes over offers from Oklahoma, Wisconsin, California and West Virginia.

We spoke with Miami Trace head coach Jeff Conroy about his star pupils commitment.

"Nathan had several offers, but this is the one he was waiting for," Conroy said. "(Jim) Heacock was at the school yesterday and watched the track meet. They decided to offer him and he accepted on the spot.

"Ohio State wants him to play "Viper" defensive end position," Conroy explained. "Heacock was comapring him to Bobby Carpenter. he can come off the edge and rush the quarterback or drop into coverage on a tight end."

Williams has earned the early distinction as a three-star prospect and was recently named as the No. 45 player in the Midwest by

"Williams is a big, strong kid who is one of the most explosive players in the state," Midwest regional Manager Bob Lichtenfels said. "If you watch his film it speaks for itself. He spends most of his time in the opponent's backfield. I believe with his size that he likely ends up at defensive end, but it would not completely surprise me to see him eventually grow into a defensive tackle either. With that frame it would not shock me to see him grow to 275-280 pounds."

As a junior, Williams racked up 149 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and six sacks. He had eight forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries earning All-State honors.

For those still questioning his ability, he racked up all of those impressive defensive stats while playing both ways the entire season. From his spot at running back, he carried the ball 110 times for 750 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Williams, who ran consecutive 4.67 40-yard dashes at the Ohio State camp last summer, just wants to be able to take to the field and make things happen.

"I want to smack someone upside the head on every play," Williams previously informed "I just want to get to the football. I love playing linebacker and I love moving around and blitzing. That is probably my strong suit. I just have to work on my hands a little bit when it comes to shedding the blocker, but I have a nose for the football."

Williams joins K Ben Buchanan, OT Mike Adams, WR Jacob Stoneburner, WR DeVier Posey, OL Michael Brewster and OT J.B. Shugarts as the players who have already issued the pre-camp commitments to sign with Ohio State.

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