Catching Up with Camren Williams: OSU Visit

By Alex on December 13, 2011 at 12:50p
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Williams was in Columbus from Sunday through TuesdayCamren already looking smooth in scarlet

Urban Meyer and the Buckeye recruiting train is moving full steam ahead and it doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime in the near future..

After an epic recruiting weekend that resulted in the Buckeyes landing Tommy Schutt and Se'Von Pittman last night and another big weekend coming up in which the staff plans to be hosting Noah Spence and Cyrus Jones, it was hard to imagine more good news coming so soon for Ohio State fans. Believe it or not, Buckeye Nation didn't have to wait long as another star prospect was on campus the past couple days soaking in Urbtopia.

That prospect is Camren Williams of West Roxbury (MA) Catholic Memorial. Williams, a 6-2/200 linebacker, is a four star recruit that is currently committed to Penn State. He is the son of former NFL defensive end Brent Williams and the brother of current UNC offensive lineman Brennan Williams. In fact, Brent got to know current OSU coach Mike Vrabel pretty well from going to Patriots team function while Vrabel played for the team.

While he has been somewhat of a leader in the Nittany Lions' recruiting class, all the turmoil and the pending coaching change surround the program has the New England native looking around a bit. That journey started on Sunday when Camren and Brent decided to make the trip to Columbus in what turned out to be an official visit.

We caught up with Williams to hear how the visit went, what he learned while at Ohio State, what the status of his recruitment is and more. Join us after the jump to learn about Camren Williams' official visit.

You just finished your Ohio State trip. What made you decide to take the visit?

Well, right now, Penn State is a big question mark with the coaching situation there. I felt it was in my best interest to take a look at some other schools. Ohio State is a great opportunity for anyone and Coach Meyer called me to tell me they were interested, so I definitely wanted to look into it.

How did the trip go? What did you get to see while you were in Columbus?

The trip went really well. I got to see all of the football facilities, the academics, and the entire campus while I was there. Everything was really good.

What coaches did you speak to while on your visit? What did they tell you?

I got to speak to all the coaches, but especially Coach Meyer, Coach Fickell, and Coach Vrabel. They were talking to me about the opportunity that was there on the defense and showing me their plans for the defense next year. I got to see how their defense runs which was cool. 

What was your impression of Coach Meyer? What did you talk to him about?

This was the first time I met Coach Meyer in person. He was a really cool guy, funny, and was easy to talk to. He was talking to me about his vision for Ohio State and how he was going to win there. I also made two promises to him. The first was that I would come back in January for an unofficial visit with my mother so she can see Ohio State and I can see more of the school. The second promise I made was that I would let him come up to Massachusetts and visit me in my home sometime in January.

Did you meet or talk to any current players? What did they say to you?

I spoke to Ryan Shazier a lot. He gave me a feel of what it was like to be a player at Ohio State. He told me last year when he visited it was -6 degrees out which scared him a bit since he's from Florida. But then he fell in love with the school and the people here really sold him.

I also was texting with Josh Perry who is one of the recruits committed for their class. He came out to dinner with Coach Gillum, Coach Vrabel, and me one night and we went to an Italian restaurant. He was real cool.

After your visit, what are your thoughts and feelings about Ohio State? How did your dad feel about the school?

We both really liked it. I am definitely waiting to see what happens with Penn State, but we are both very interested to keep looking into Ohio State after this visit.

Are you still committed to Penn State? What are your thoughts about the situation going on there?

Yes I am still committed to Penn State for now. I'm kind of in a wait and see, holding tight mode right now. I want to see what happens there.

Will you take any visits to other schools?

No, my decision will be only between Ohio State and Penn State.

Is OSU recruiting Armani [Reeves, who is his father's godson and his best friend]? Are you two a packaged deal and does that have any impact on your decision?

Ohio State is not recruiting Armani. It would be nice to go to school together, but at the end of the day, I ultimately need to find the best place for me. If the best fit for each of us ends up separating us, then we will go our separate ways. I know he is looking around too, so we will see what happens.

When do you expect to announce a final college decision?

Right now I have no idea. Definitely by National Signing Day, though. It will be either Ohio State or Penn State.

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Alex bringin' it! MOAR!!!

bassplayer7770's picture

It would be nice to get Camren on board, and it sounds like our chances are good.

Big Swede's picture

First off great interview, Alex is the Urban Meyer of recruit updates. Second gotta love our chances with this kid. He fits an area of great need and the fact that he isn't looking anywhere else other than PSU is a positive sign for the Buckeyes. 

Alex's picture

hahahaah We will go REALLY REALLY Hard at 11W

bassplayer7770's picture

But will you write like your hair is on fire?

Big Swede's picture

I don't know if you can use the correct adjectives about this update because there is mixed company around.

SEATTLE BUCKEYE's picture

my decision will be only between Ohio State and Penn State

 

I like our chances

Doc's picture

This mess at State Penn will not be cleared up by signing day.

"Say my name."

OSUbucknut's picture

I was out to dinner last night and saw them walk into Bravo on Olentangy.  Vrable is a monster.

Doc's picture

Didn't Randy Ayers get in trouble for taking recruits off campus for meals?  I remember him saying that he thought Damon's was on campus.  I'm just curous about violations and the like.

"Say my name."

BrewstersMillions's picture

Are official visits different? Or its all for naught it Mr. Williams pays for the tab.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

Tim's picture

A friend of mine saw Fickell and a couple other coaches with what appeared to be Williams and a couple of current players around 1:00 at Eddie George's.  Sounds like Williams got to see some of the nice restaurants around campus since they went to Bravo for dinner.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Read between the lines here. Dude is Buckeye bound.

 

Butthurt PSU fans...ASSEMBLE!

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

Buckeyejason's picture

6'2" 200?..that's basically a wide reciever body. I don't know how these kids play Linebacker with that thin of a frame.

(Waiting for comments about how he'll put on 40 pounds when he gets to college)

BUCKEYES BABY!

BrewstersMillions's picture

Well  yea, not many kids come to school with NCAA-Caliber builds. 6'2, 225 is legit size. May not translate to the NFL as a linebacker but guys can play smaller at this level, even in the B1G. 40 pounds? maybe not. 20 something? He'll be fine.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

NolanFickas01's picture

Rather have fast and athletic than fat and slow....sorry Storm...

BuckeyeSki's picture

TRY AND MOVE ME BRO!

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ThirdLegLouie's picture

^ THIS lmao

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

 
bassplayer7770's picture

Rivals has him listed at 215 lbs.

Big Swede's picture

Just for comparison sake, Shazier was listed at 6'2" 210 coming out of high school. Not too worried, the trend in college football now is smaller, faster and more athletic LBs that can cover as well as help in run support.

William's picture

You don't have to be huge to be an awesome LB. Brian Rolle, Lavante David, Chris Spielman, the list goes on. Look at Ryan Shazier, the guy was by far our best LB this year and he's only 6' 210?

Buckeyejason's picture

I'm aware of that..but its a different body type. Rolle is 5'10" and was thick when he came in at 215 or whatever he was. David is also only 5'11-6'0..I dunno I guess I'm just used to our Linebackers that we've brought in in the past that were in the 220-230's(Hawk, Carpenter, Freeman, Laurinaitis, Homan, Sweat, Sabino, Klein, Grant etc.)

I guess its a new trend of thinner linebackers at the college level.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Scott's picture

The two promises are sooo money.

Class of 2008

BigRedBuckeye's picture

I couldn't help but notice how close the spelling of his name is to "Carmen"....hmmm. What is his middle name, Bukceye?

And we'll drink to old Ohio, 'Til we wobble in our shoes! 

Jdadams01's picture

Sounds like a mature kid who understands the importance of this decision. Hope we get him, but if not, good luck to him at PSU.

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Emperor Urban to B1G coaches: "LET THE BUTTHURT FLOW THROUGH YOU"

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

Seeing all over now that Brionte Dunn is NOT going to visit Michigan this weekend?!?!  LOVIN IT....

btalbert25's picture

So wow, if not for all the trouble Penn State has found sounds like t hey had one hell of a class going.

chibuck's picture

I was just thinking the same thing. That's gotta hurt. Oh well...

Doc's picture

What blows my mind on this is WHY???  Joe Pa is an 84 yo dinosaur.  Why would his recruiting class be that good?  Sux for them!

"Say my name."

btalbert25's picture

Me too, remember a few years back though when Williams and Butler and all those guys signed on.  That was a huge recruiting class out of nowhere.
 

On a totally different note all together Doc, NKU announced they have jumped up to D-1 and will be competing in, I believe, the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Doc's picture

Good for them.  They deserve the move.  I'm sure my Dad will fill me in this weekend.  We are going to the 'Nati to celebrate Christmas.  I'm sure I'll also have to listen about the thuggery at the "Crosstown Shootout".  I think it is funny the Xavier kid was talkin about being a Gangsta.  WTF?  My Pops loves XU(masters degree in the 60's) and hates tOSU(where I went after Northern).  So, consequently I hate XU.  Should be fun.  BT, maybe you and I could go to a basketball game together when they(NKU) make the jump.

"Say my name."

btalbert25's picture

I had a bad feeling that something like that may happen in the Crosstown shootout.  They were jawing back and forth from the word go.  There was a small scuffle before halftime too.  I kind of like X.  My wife got her masters in Education there and I've always kind of pulled for them being that they were the small school and littler brother to UC.  When I was growing up UC always  had the winners like Dontonio Wingfield and Art Long(he has UC's second most famous punch, when he punched a police horse).

Yeah that'd be cool to catch up for a game.  I've never been to the new Bank of Kentucky Center yet anyway.  It looks like a really nice arena.  I'm actually mulling over going back to NKU in the fall.  We'll see. 

blazers34's picture

a fellow northern alum?  nice.  there was an article in the enquirer this past week about OSU and NKU trying to work out a date for next year.

Doc's picture

Blazer you went to No Knowledge College too?  I gradeated in 1992.  Small world man.  OSU and NKU mixing it up in hoops would be kinda neat.  Not fare right now, but neat.

 

BT what would you be going back for, a masters?  My hatred for X is complicated.  I remember UC being just a beast and destroying X every year.  I also remember Byron Larkin playing for XU and being a Bearcat slayer.  Their roles have definetly reversed as of late.

"Say my name."

btalbert25's picture

I'm thinking about going back for education.  I can either go the traditional route or Mount St. Joe has a 1 year program for about 20,000 where you can go back and get an certified plus your masters in 1 school year.  That's a big commitment money and time wise though, but would be worth the 9 months of hell if I could come out and be certified with a masters of education at the same time.  I just won't be able to work much or at all during that time. 

Doc's picture

Whatever you decide will be the right choice for you.  Good luck with your decision.  More education is never a bad thing.

"Say my name."

btalbert25's picture

Yeah my wife is a school teacher in CPS.  She got her masters of education 5 years ago and she was accepted for this program the district got a grant for, for her to get another masters in Math.  She graduates in May from the University of Vermont, weird, but the come here to instruct the program.  Anyway, after that I'm thinking it'll be time for me to go back!

Doc's picture

Cincy Public.  Where, if you don't mind?  Is your wife a 6'6" black dude with a gun?  Just kidding.  Can't have too many good teachers, especially math.  It's funny that a lot of teachers work in Cincy, but live in KY.  I remember at Bacon we had at least three, if not more.  My senior English teacher used to say "Hey, did ya hear Kentucky has a new zoo?  They put a fence around Ohio."  He was a real card.

"Say my name."

btalbert25's picture

She teaches at a school called Oyler.  It's in Lower Price Hill.  She started out in Kenton Country for a y ear then got a job at West Clermont, but they had to cut staff.  Anyway, someone there got her in at CPS.  She has been over there for about 10 years now.  Coming back to KY she would lose 10-15,000 a year.  Plus, she really likes it over there.  Oyler is a really neat school.  She's taught at a few different schools, when the budgets get tight she's been surplussed a few times so she taught at Millvale, Carson, Heberle(that was really rough) Taft(Also Rough), and now at Oyler. Oyler is in an area that is pretty rough, but there is a lot of community involvement and local businesses involved.  They have mentoring programs and stuff like that too.  Just a lot of great things going on at the school.  I think people from out of state have come to model some of the mentoring programs at their schools.  

Doc's picture

Good for her.  I grew up in Westwood, not too far from Price Hill.  Oyler must be a middle school or elementary.  I remember Gamble, but that was a junior high.  Have you ever had the priveledge of eating at Price Hill Chili?  It kicks ass.  Breakfast is awesome, get the goetta.

"Say my name."

btalbert25's picture

Just recently they started a highschool there.  It was an elementary and middle school for years.  They started having high school because a lot of kids who lived down there were dropping out because West high was too far of a walk it wasn't easy to get to.  I don't know why, but anyway they openned up high school 4 years ago.

I played baseball over in CRC a few years back and most of the team was Western Hills, Cheviot, and Westwood, I'm very familiar with the area.

Never been to Price Hill Chilli.  Heard about it a lot though.  I have however had the pleasure of Camp Washington Chilli and I felt it was definitely as good as advertised.

btalbert25's picture

That would be great!  I know in recent years they have played exhibitions with UK and UofL.  Now that they are D-1 it'll be cool to see them play some of the teams  and have it mean something.  They'll get knocked around for a while I'm sure, but I know local kids have left this area and went to MAC schools instead or WKU to play.  If they could retain some of those players they'll be able to put a team together that could go to the tournament and be one of those upset minded teams.  It would be really neat!  I hadn't been at NKU for about 6 years, and I went on campus last year just to check something out, they've really got it built up.  New student union, they fixed the area around lake inferior to make it look better than just a cesspool.  They added the new Arena. 

That's right I said lake inferior.  Ohio State has Mirror Lake, NKU has Lake Inferior lol.

Doc's picture

I forgot about Lake Inferior.  LOL  I'm sure there is a story behind that name.  When I was there, 88-92, it was a mosquito breeding ground and not much more.  They have had a good basketball team for quite some time.  They'll do well in Div 1.

"Say my name."

btalbert25's picture

I was there about 10 years later.  I took this science class for non science majors, it was an integrated course we had a biology, Chem, and physics professor who team instructed the course.  Anyway, because of this course I ended up in a row boat collecting water samples on a day that was about 20 degrees.  That same year there was a lot of cleaning of the exterior of the buildings, whatever chemical they used pretty well nuked all life in that pond. 

My last year there they brought in some really big earth moving equipment and re built the damn, made it a littler larger, and put some stone around to make it have a cascade look to it I think.  It wasn't quite so inferior anymore.  I guess kind of polished a turd lol.

Doc's picture

I was a Biology major, with a Chemistry minor.  I never had the priveledge or honor to navigate those majestic waters.  I saw an episode of Myth Busters where they really did polish a turd.  Anything is possible.

"Say my name."

blazers34's picture

yep, graduated in 03 and played some baseball there.  and to be honest, loved my time there.  being young and dumb, playing sports in college was really important to me, and i could have never played at osu.

 

bt---my college roommate recently did the education grad school thing at nku.  he liked it, but is having a hell of a time getting a job.

btalbert25's picture

You graduated in 03?  That was the same time I was at NKU.  I started in Fall of 99.  Did you go to high school in NKY? 

 

blazers34's picture

Cincinnati.  East side.  Glen Este.  Have a ton of friends from NKY though, and lived there for 8 years.  Where did you go?

btalbert25's picture

Oh a good friend of mine graduated in 2000 from Turpin, that's kind of in the area of Glen Este right?  I went to a small catholic school named St. Henry in Erlanger. 

blazers34's picture

yeah, i know of st. henry.

turpin was a few miles from my house.  i know a ton of kids from there.

btalbert25's picture

Also, over the years people have called Urban a lot of things, but I never imagined Funny would be one of the adjectives used lol.  I got a sense he probably is a much different guy with the players though than he is the media.  During the press conference when he gave the shout out to his BG QB when the camera man was passing out, he was kind of grinning. 

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Are you kidding me?!?!?!  This kid has Buckeye written all over him!!  You have to believe that Urban impressed the sh!t out of not only out of this kid, but his dad as well.  Then throw in the big time connection with Mike Vrabel on top of it!!!!  This defense is just going to freakin destroy the Big Ten in a couple of years if this continues!!! 

There are just so many positives on the Buckeye side and pretty much only bad news on the PSU side - I would be totally shocked if this kid isn't at OSU!

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bassplayer7770's picture

I'm certainly optimistic, but I'll wait until he makes an official decision before I get too excited.

BoFuquel's picture

Great stuff Alex. It's nice to hear all this optimistic talk from all these young studs. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

ih8rolltyde's picture

Damn it feels good to be a Buckeye.....

If you think people hate/fear tOSU now, just wait. We are gonna be such a monster. We already have the best talent in the B1G.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I have been laughing quite a bit on some of the other boards since Urban's hire and the hatred factor is just increasing by the hour since.  It REALLY got going this morning with the announcement of Schutt and Pittman.  The funniest, a.k.a., angry and stupid, ones are coming out of the scUM tards - they appear as their ole arrogant self and are all puffed out about their great Flounder Hoke hire.  They know what is coming their way now and are trying to delude themselves into thinking that Urban isn't going to have an impact on their program! 

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Maestro's picture

The only thing that could knock me off the cloud that I have been riding on since the Urban presser is the NCAA issuing a bowl ban.

vacuuming sucks

tampa buckeye's picture

I wonder if a All-star team from the big ten could beat an SEC champion? Looks like that is the plan.