Williams Is A Work In Progress

Ohio State nabbed a player with plenty of size when it secured a verbal commitment from East Cleveland (Ohio) Shaw wide receiver Tyrone Williams. The four-star prospect and his coach spoke to BuckeyeSports.com about Williams' maturation process -- one that figures to continue for the next few years.

You would not know it from looking at his frame, but Tyrone Williams is a relative neophyte to the game of football.

Listed at 6-5, 185 pounds, the senior from East Cleveland (Ohio) Shaw is listed by Scout.com as a four-star member of Ohio State's class of 2010. In addition, Williams is pegged as the No. 31 wide receiver in the nation.

Those rankings are not bad, especially considering when Williams first started playing the game of football. After playing for the first time in eighth grade, he did not play as a freshman before returning to the sport as a sophomore. Factoring in his injury-shortened junior season, he entered his senior year as an OSU verbal commitment with essentially 2½ years of previous football experience.

As a result, Brown said he feels that Williams has plenty of upside in his future.

"I am excited for Tyrone," Shaw head coach Rodney Brown told BuckeyeSports.com. "I think the next three years are going to have some phenomenal growth for Tyrone. I think he's going to turn into a great, great student athlete at Ohio State.

"His best years are definitely ahead of him. I tell people if they think he's good now, just wait until you see him in the future."

Brown said he could tell that Williams would be a special player if he continued to work at his craft during his eight grade campaign.

"You could just see that he had the ‘it' factor but he was just very raw," the coach said. "I said that if this kid put his mind to it nobody was going to be able to deal with him because physically he's so much stronger. Tyrone really has a junior- or senior-type body in college. He's truly a specimen for a kid that he's only 17 years old. He still has some growing to do. He's quite the specimen."

As a junior, Williams finished with 11 catches for 372 yards – an average of 33.8 yards per catch – for eight touchdowns in five games. Although he went into his senior season fully healed from a pair of serious knee injuries that limited him a year ago, Williams was advised by his coach not to expect big numbers in his final prep go-round.

"The only problem this year is that everybody knows (him) so they're doubling and sometimes triple-teaming him," Browns said. "We've had to get real inventive with the ways we get Tyrone the ball and he gets a little frustrated but he opens up our offense for so many other players. When he's not getting the ball he's still getting the ball in a sense because he's opened up our running game and other guys are having great years because everybody is paying so much attention to him."

In today's recruiting world, missing a junior season can be a death sentence when it comes to landing scholarship offers. The past two seasons have seen the Buckeyes primarily fill up their recruiting classes before the summer comes to a close.

However, OSU remained in on Williams despite his abbreviated junior campaign.

"Ohio State stayed with me," he said, adding that the Buckeyes were the only school to really do so.

A scholarship offer arrived from OSU in February about four months after the coaches started recruiting him. He would also land offers from West Virginia, Cincinnati and Kansas, but the one from the Buckeyes was the offer Williams said he coveted.

"I just couldn't wait," he said. "I was so excited that Ohio State offered me a scholarship. That's always been my favorite college football team and my favorite player on the team is Terrelle Pryor. I think it would be good that both tall 6-6 players could play with each other. I couldn't wait, so I just committed."

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