Williams Discusses Commitment

Nathan Williams has dreamed of becoming an Ohio State Buckeye. On Tuesday night that dream became a reality when Jim Tressel text messaged the Miami Trace star and offered him a scholarship. Williams spoke with Bill Greene about the decision and the days leading up to it.

Miami Trace (Ohio) defensive end/linebacker Nathan Williams made it no secret that he has wanted to become an Ohio State Buckeye and on Tuesday he got his chance and jumped at. During his visit to Ohio State on Saturday for the spring game Williams wasn't so sure it was going to happen.

"I didn't get a chance to speak to coach (Jim) Tressel much at the game," Williams said. "I did speak to (Jim) Heacock and he told me that he would be at my track meet on Tuesday. I have always hoped that they would offer me. Everytime I go there it was in the back of my mind wondering if they'd offer, but I had no clue it was coming.

"Heacock watched me at the track meet and he told my coach (Jeff Conroy) that (Jim) Tressel would text me when I got home. I kind of knew then that they might offer me. Later that night, Tressel sent me a text message asking me if I wanted to join the Buckeye family and I told him "Yes"."

With quite an impressive list of offers to choose from, one might think that Williams may have had some hesitation before making his decision.

"No, there was no hesitation" he said. "I always made it very clear to my parents, coaches and Ohio State that if they offered me I was committing. I had some great offers and I was happy with all the other schools, but OSU was always No. 1."

Williams informed us that Coach Heacock confirmed what Coach Conroy told us earlier that he would indeed play the "Viper" position and Williams is fine with the position switch.

"He told me last Saturday that they were recruiting me to play Viper," Williams explained. "That is more than fine with me. I think I am best suited to play that position."

Many of the current Buckeye commits have all recruited one another, but Williams told Scout.com that he really hasn't spoken to many of the other Ohio State pledges.

"I'm not tight with any of those guys," Williams said. "I have seen them around, but we haven't spoken much. Now that I am part of the group, I plan on calling Mike Adams and start recruiting others like they have been doing."

Williams was recently chosen as the No. 45 ranked prospect in the Scout.com Top 100 Midwest rankings.

"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.

Interview by Bill Greene

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