Catching Up with Cam Williams: Committed

By Alex on January 25, 2012 at 10:00p
This just looks rightCam Williams can't wait to play for Urban Meyer

It was just a few months ago that West Roxbury (MA) Catholic Memorial LB Camren Williams thought his college plans were all set. The longtime Penn State commitment was excited to be the next great player at "Linebacker U" in Happy Valley where he would play under the legendary, late Joe Paterno and help the Nittany Lions try to win Big Ten and National Championships.

Those plans quickly changed, as the Jerry Sandusky case emerged, Paterno was relieved of his duties, and the Penn State football program was in flux both on and off the field. At the same time, the son of former NFL veteran Brent Williams had a new school knocking on his door, as Urban Meyer took over Ohio State and rapidly moved in recruiting the top player in the state of Massachusetts.

A mid-December visit to Ohio State went well, but no decision was on the horizon as Williams wanted to stay loyal to Penn State and wait for a head coach to be named. He left Columbus promising Urban Meyer that he would return with his mother who didn't get to make the first trip, but also said he would visit Penn State officially to give the school of his verbal pledge a chance to show him why he should be a Nittany Lion.

Bill O'Brien was named head coach of Penn State, but because of his duties with the New England Patriots, was not able to recruit players as aggressively as PSU would have liked. This caused Williams to push back his Penn State visit to January 27, moving his Ohio State visit up to January 18, where he would return this time with mom.

Williams never made that Penn State visit, as things went as well as expected on his return trip to Columbus and he gave Urban Meyer and the OSU coaching staff his verbal commitment just a few days after, becoming the 23rd member of the recruiting class of 2012 to pledge to the Buckeyes.

We got the chance to sit down with Williams to discuss his commitment to the Buckeyes, what sealed the deal on his second visit, what he is telling good friend and fellow Buckeye target Armani Reeves, and much more. Join us after the jump to hear more about Camren Williams' commitment to Ohio State.

You just committed to Ohio State last week. How does that feel?

It feels good. The weight of the entire recruiting process is finally over. I had people asking me every day where I was going to go to school and when I was going to commit. I can finally settle down and enjoy my senior year, as well as enjoy the opportunity to be a Buckeye. It is an honor to be part of the Buckeye family.

This past trip to Columbus was your second time visiting. What was it this time that sealed the deal for you?

Well, I left the first visit thinking that OSU was the place for me. I really wanted my mom to come back with me though, so I can get her opinion on the school and make a more educated decision. I felt the same way after this visit that I did after the first, when I fell in love with the school. I knew Ohio State was the best overall place for me after this trip.

What did your mom think of Columbus?

She love it all. We got to meet with Dr. Devor, who is the head of the exercise physiology department. That is what I want to major in and it is one of the best, maybe one of the top five undergraduate programs in the field. It was great for her to see the academic side of the school, but she also loved the football part. She loved Coach Meyer , Coach Fickell, Coach Vrabel, Coach Withers, and all of the other coaches. It was easy for her to see that I would be taken care of by a great staff, arguably the best staff in the country.

When did you tell the Ohio State coaches you were committing and what did Coach Meyer say?

I told them on Thursday night when we were all out to dinner at Eddie George's Grille. Coach Meyer was really excited and told me "now that you're committed and a Buckeye, it's time to prepare and get to work". They also told me they have no bodies at the linebacker position so I need to be ready to play right away. My strength and conditioning coach from high school is going to talk to Coach Marotti to see what type of training schedule I should be on and I'm going to get to work to be ready to play when I get to campus in June.

Did OSU discuss a position with you at all?

Yeah they said they saw me as a WILL or a MIKE linebacker. They told me they are pretty interchangeable and that I should be ready to come in and get reps at both positions. Either way it doesn't really matter to me.

When did you tell the Penn State coaches of your decision? Was that difficult?

I told them the Friday before I committed to Ohio State. It was definitely difficult because I do love Penn State and I felt it was a good fit. Ohio State is just a better fit for me overall for both academics and football and that's what I explained to the coaches there. The reason I held off on making my announcement was because I wanted to be fair and let them know that I would be a Buckeye and tell them first hand of my decision.

Your best friend and teammate, Armani Reeves, is down to Ohio State and Michigan. What are you telling him about his decision and when do you expect him to announce?

I'm just trying to be as least biased as I can possibly be. He's my best friend and I know he needs me to help him make a decision. I would love for him to come with me to Ohio State, but I have to try and be open-minded when talking with him so I can help him make the best decision for him. They are both great programs with great coaching staffs and provide him with great opportunities. I think he'll be announcing on national signing day.

What do you want to say to Buckeye Nation?

I just want to say thank you for all the support and welcoming me to the family. I am really excited to be a Buckeye and play under Coach Urban Meyer and my position coach, Luke Fickell. I am going to give you all my best both academically and on the field. We're going to do big things here and I hope to bring you all a national championship by the time I leave Ohio State.



tedglover's picture


You're killing it dude.  Awesome stuff.  Thank you!

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TeddyHeisman's picture

Feeling more confident on Reeves after this conversation, or has nothing really changed in your mind? 

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biggy84's picture

He will learn to hate tsun.

Doug Funnie's picture

This kid is a great example of "student athlete"  his parents must be very proud.  Go Bucks

rdubs's picture

He seems like what I always expect former pro players' kids to be.  At least kids of the ones who have ended up with a stable situation.  Someone like Duron Carter blows my mind.  His dad knows the whole system, he knows all of the hoops that players need to jump through in order to get where they want to go.  The fact that Duron hasn't been able to get his grades together just blows my mind.  Maybe Cris wasn't as helpful as he should have been, but it just seems like there is no excuse for someone who has gone through the whole process to have kids who seem to have no clue how the system works.


Cam seems to have a great head on his shoulders and I am excited to see what he can do.  And I would love to have his buddy who also seems like a pretty thoughtful guy with a good head.  These guys are lucky to have such good people around them and so far seem to have been taking good advantage of those resources.

Becky in Cleveland's picture

Side note - My brother lived above Cris when they both lived in Steeb Hall.

Becky in Cleveland

Alex's picture

So guys, Cam definitely wants Armani to join him at OSU and is letting him know that. The Williams family wants Armani in Columbus and they have let him know that. Cam, as his best friend and practically brother, has told him though he needs to do whatever is best for him, and you have to respect our newest Buckeye for being able to do that.

That being said, I know that Noah Spence, David Perkins, and Cam among others are all recruiting Armani. These guys are fast becoming "his boys" and I think that bodes VERY well for OSU. I still have Armani picking Ohio State over Michigan and would be mildly surprised, although not COMPLETELY thrown off if he goes blue. Just can't see it happening though.

FYI, I tried calling Armani but he is in lockdown mode and didn't answer my call.....I'll try shooting him a note to see if it would be possible to speak before his decision but if he says he's not doing interviews I have to respect that.

Thanks folks

Baroclinicity's picture

I know we gush often anymore, but seriously, the work you do is absolutely top-notch. 

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Jshene10's picture

Yea your def right about respecting Armani's wishes regarding no interviews till he makes his decision. I saw the tweet from Noah may be a little premature, but as you said it seems he has made his decision (just hasn't made it public). Those guys being so close & talking it up can only do good for this situation obviously right Alex?


Alex's picture

Thanks Barrol

and JShene, I agree can only be good

capn's picture

 Noah Spence, David Perkins, and Cam are the best recruiters... anytime you have the athletes talking to a prospect it's a plus

Capn, Make It So...

Poison nuts's picture

My own note to Armani is: Your need for privacy while you make this decision for yourself is more important than my need to hear an interview right now - best of luck.

I have a feeling this kid is well worth the suspense...

Thanks Alex and 11W for the fine job & the best site for Buckeye psychos such as myself.

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Jshene10's picture

Absolutely stellar article Alex! Thanks man for taking the time to speak with him & taking the time to write this article up & share it with all of us. Great work man!


dubjayfootball90's picture


You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Bucksnut13's picture

Alex: I though Jamal Marcus was announcing his decision today? I might have missed something.

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog

Bj Mullens over Sully's picture

Think you have wrong Wed, supposed to be next Wed(NSD) I believe.

Favorite Buckeye: Obviously BJ Mullens

Jshene10's picture

Jamal Marcus is announcing on Signing Day I thought. Hopefully he gets to make his own decision (along with having his mom's full support) about attending OSU. Come on Jamal, become apart of Buckeye Nation!


Bucksnut13's picture

Ok thanks

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Welcome aboard the Buckeye Nation Cam!!!  You are about to have 4 of the greatest years of your life!!!

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johnblairgobucks's picture

Thanks for joining the family Camren, now time to get to work....  Urban Meyer doesn't mess around.  I believe Meyer had to be pulling his hair out anytime he watched our offense play this past season.  Coach is as advertised - 100 mph with hair on fire.

bassplayer7770's picture

Sounds like a great kid, and I'm happy he'll be representing and playing for tOSU.  Welcome, Cam!

BlazeTheBuckeye's picture

Nice Alex

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Matt's picture

Alex, I have been a regular on 11W for the better part of five years, and I can say with confidence that you have absolutely been killing it the last few weeks by taking the site's content to a whole new insider level. Keep up the awesome work.

Alex's picture

Thanks Matt....appreciate you helping us moderate a bit too!

buckeyedude1001's picture

Great news Alex, so i personally think we finish with Reeves, Neal, Dodson,and Marcus

Good night fellow buckeyes


thatlillefty's picture

"They also told me they have no bodies at the linebacker position so I need to be ready to play right away."

That statement bother anybody else? I'm sure the kid is talented but he would be naive to think he can simply show up in June and see the field this fall. I really hope the staff isn't making it seem so easy.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

It's looking like five LBs in this class. Maybe 2-3 of them will be in the two-deep, given the lack of depth, but what they show in work, practices, game-action will sort out which ones.

So, it's perfectly reasonable to say to all five of them, "be ready, you'll play right out of the box," with the idea that the best guys will get on the field - that's not making false promises, and the 2-3 who don't play as much (or redshirt) will understand the deal, as they watch their fellow class members get significant PT. 

Maestro's picture

It's just a fact.  Klein, Sabino, Shazier and Grant are the only returning LB's with any playing experience.  Saying that Grant has playing experience is a real stretch too.  He was a special teamer.  Crowell is a complete unknown commodity and Whiting is clearly not good enough to play at this level.  1 or 2 injuries and you are looking at true freshman starting out of necessity.

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rdubs's picture

Urban also said "now that you are committed it is time to go to work."  I assume Urban would only say that if he believes that the guy can get there based on his talent and how hard he works in the next 7-8 months.  Someone with Cam's pedigree would fit that bill. 

Urban didn't make any empty promises.  Camren will see the field if he puts in the work, same with a couple of the other freshmen LBs.

cplunk's picture

Wouldn't be naive at all- did you see our linebackers play this year? They were awful. 

The only legit starter coming back is Shazier, who is ultra-talented but made many freshman mistakes (which makes sense, being a freshman and all). Sabino is too slow. I would expect to see not one, but two of the incoming freshman LBs gettings substantial playing time, possibly as starters. 

Also, for all the good that Simon and Hankins did, there were far too many games where we simply didn't generate any kind of real pressure. I expect to see a lot of the new names play on the line as well.

RecruitBuck's picture

My finish right now (call my Mr. Optimistic):

1. Reeves

2. Dodson

3. Diggs

Maestro's picture

I don't think that is overly optimistic.  The first 2 seem to be pretty solid, the 3rd might be a reach but I wouldn't bet against the Meyer recruiting train.

Thanks Alex for keeping us very much up to speed.

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buckeyedude's picture

If we could land Diggs in addition to the other two, I believe that would put the Buckeye 2012 class at #2, behind Alabama.



GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I dont think we get Diggs, unless his uncle is Na'il.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

DMcDougal24's picture

I really, really enjoyed this article. I noticed extreme maturity in both the Armani answer and the Penn State answer. It is clear that he was raised right and is a good young kid. 

Can't wait to see him in the Scarlet & Gray! Armani too, it will be much easier to root for him than it would to root against him because he seems like a good kid too. 

My final four include Reeves, Dodson, Marcus, and Neal OR Diggs

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Forget "or" when it comes to those two. I want both.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

DMcDougal24's picture

I'd love them both too, but as far as making a prediction it seems unlikely that both will pick Ohio State. I'd rather have Neal, but obviously Diggs is a quality player. Also depends on final number and how many Urban wants to bring. Alex seems to think 5, but i think I recall Jason selecting four more.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Positive thoughts is what i'm going with. lol Some may say it's wishful thinking on my part, but I don't believe getting both would be impossible. The only problem I see with Diggs is that they couldn't get him on campus earlier.

If 5 is the actual number i'd have Neal, Diggs, Reeves, Dodson, and Marcus on that list. If one falls through then Cox.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Jshene10's picture

Since everyone is sharing their FINAL FOUR, I will share mine as well. I believe the "last four" will include: Reeves, Dodson, Marcus, & Diggs & yes; WE NEED ALL FOUR OF THEM! LETS MAKE IT A GREAT FINISH TO THIS 2012 CLASS!


Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Alex is en feugo.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Another final four: Wendy, Bench, T-Bob Hebert, Manumana "the Slender."

Peter Pete Peterson's picture

Great news and again, great job Alex! Thank you for keeping us on the wire!

Peter "Pete" Peterson

"Recruiting is like shaving, if you don't do it everyday, you look like a bum!"  -Jim Tressel


Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I love the fact that his HS coach is talking to Marotti and is going to start working out immediately so he will no doubt be in much better shape when he gets there!!!  I love that spirit and dedication in such a young kid.

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

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Congrats Cam. I hope my boys are blessed with your maturity when they reach your age. I love to hear how much respect you have for your mom and dad. You make us all proud. Go Bucks!

German Buckeye's picture

I distinctly remember reading posts back say, oh around Oct or Nov, where readers were lamenting the "potential" selection of Urban to be our HC....wonder how they feel now?

buckeyedude's picture

Don't worry dude, they'll be booing Meyer with the first play that doesn't go well. They're quiet for the time being. I remember thinking how Meyer would be a slam dunk/home run/touchdown. I wanted Luke to do well, but secretly hoped for Meyer. I never imagined he'd change things so quickly, for the better.



Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I'm sure they will not be booing for quite some time then!!!  With the coaching staff he has assembled, the players he is recruiting, his proven ability to win quickly, and the talent he has at his disposal - there will not be too many down days ahead!!!

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

DMcDougal24's picture

Are you Davonte' Neal? :)

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

HA - no, but if I knew where he was, I'd certainly pay him a visit and put in a great sales pitch for attending OSU!!!  It isn't a hard sell, actually, given the pathetic state of Arizona college football!!!

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

klfeck's picture

Holy Crap!!!!!!


If this kid is half as impressive on the field as he is in interviews we are in for quite a show. I don't know how many kids his age are as thoughtful as he is but I suspect they are few and far between. Big props to his parents for raising what seems to be a fine young man.



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