Five-star DE showing solid interest in OSU

Mario Williams is an outstanding DE from North Carolina. Duane Long recently caught up with his coach to find out the latest news.

Not too long ago, a surprise name came onto the recruiting scene.  The name was Mario Williams, a defensive end from Richlands, NC.  This surprise was a very pleasant one as Mario is ranked as a five-star recruit by

In addition to that, Mario had already made a commitment to North Carolina State.  At first, it seemed like that commitment was solid.  Now, however, the Wolfpack might decide that it is officially time to sweat a little bit about that commitment.  We chatted recently with coach Kevin Wilson at Mario's high school, and he filled us in on where things stand with Ohio State.

Mario took an unofficial visit to OSU for the Texas Tech game.  What did he think?

"Mario was very excited after his visit to Ohio State," Coach Wilson said. "He was very impressed with the facilities and more impressed with the coaching staff."

As a matter of fact, it sounds like OSU could wind up in the top three.

"Mario is making an early November cut down and it looks like Ohio State, Tennessee and North Carolina State," Coach Wilson said.

Mario, who stands at 6-6 and weighs 255, has drawn comparisons to Julius Peppers, and he has the eye-popping physical stats to back that up.

"The college coaches think he will be at 275 in no time," Coach Wilson said. "He is running a 4.48 right now."

Mario can also bench press 400 pounds, deadlift 650 and clean 315.

He even has his college major decided.  "He wants to major in business administration," the coach said.

Luckily, Mario is going to be coming back to OSU for the biggest football weekend of the year. 

"He will make an official visit for the Michigan game," Coach Wilson said. "He will tour the business school. His mom will move up there if he chooses the Buckeyes."

For recruiting fans, this is surely exciting stuff.  This five-star recruit seems to have a heavy interest in Ohio State, and it looks like the Buckeyes are going to at least give North Carolina State a run for their money on this one.

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