Catching Up with Will Ulmer: The Game Visit

By Alex on November 28, 2012 at 4:00p

Ohio State fans have been spoiled with good quarterback play in the last decade.

Ullmer looks good in #5Could Ulmer be the "next Braxton Miller"?

Craig Krenzel helped Jim Tressel win a national title in 2002 and a Fiesta Bowl in 2003, Troy Smith led the Buckeyes to a Fiesta Bowl win in 2005 and the championship in 2006, Todd Boeckman led OSU to the title game again in 2007, and Terrelle Pryor excelled from the day he stepped on campus, leading Ohio State to three BCS games, including two wins, during his time in Columbus.

Of course, fans of the Scarlet and Gray are enjoying Braxton Miller, recently named 2012 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, and a front-runner to win the Heisman Trophy in the 2013 season.

Urban Meyer has brought in Cardale Jones in the recruiting class of 2012 and JT Barrett in the recruiting class of 2013, but at this point it is unknown if either will be able to carry the torch once Miller departs campus. For that reason the staff is being very diligent in their evaluation of the class of 2014 quarterbacks and are looking at a number of outstanding players at the position for likely one spot in the group.

One of the players on OSU's short list is QB William Ulmer, a 6-1/190 prospect from St. John's College High School in Washington, DC. Ulmer is rated as a four-star prospect by multiple recruiting services, and 247 Sports rates him as the nation's seventh-best dual-threat quarterback in the class.

Ulmer fits the Ohio State offensive system run by Urban Meyer and Tom Herman like a glove. Not only can he throw the ball with both power and accuracy, but he has been clocked a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash, displaying the speed needed to run the spread up to Buckeye standards.

Ulmer was in Columbus this past weekend for the first time to check out Ohio State's campus, continue to develop his relationship with the coaches, and watch the Buckeyes take on the Wolverines in college football's greatest rivalry.

Join us after the jump to see hear more about how one of the country's best signal callers in the class of 2014 enjoyed his first visit to the Horseshoe.

How was your visit to Ohio State for The Game?

It was good. The game was really exciting. I had a lot of fun on the trip.

What did you do while in Columbus?

I got to town on Friday night and stayed about 15 minutes from campus. We drove over Saturday morning and went up to the recruiting room where I met a lot of the support staff. We then watched warmups on the field and watched the game. After the game I got to walk off the field with Braxton Miller and went into the locker room to celebrate the win with the team.

What did you think of the atmosphere in Ohio Stadium during the game?

It was a very loud atmosphere. The people there are very much into that rivalry.

Did you get to speak to any of the coaches while in Columbus?

Yes, I spoke to Zach Smith, who is my recruiter, and Urban Meyer. They told me they like me a lot, but it's been hard to find time to evaluate my film completely. They said now that the season is over they'll have time to do that. They also told me that they'd be visiting the area soon and plan to stop at my school.

After watching the offense on Saturday do you think you fit in with the system OSU is running?

I definitely can see myself playing at Ohio State. They run basically the same offense that I run in high school. The coaches told me that I can be the next Braxton Miller.

Did you get to meet any of the other recruits at the game?

I knew of Taivon Jacobs since he is from my area and I saw him at the game on Saturday.

Do you have any offers yet? What schools are close to offering?

Yes, I have been offered by Maryland, Boston College, Syracuse, and North Carolina. I think Ohio State, Virginia, and Oregon could all be close to offering.

Do you think you'll make a return trip to Columbus?

Yeah, I definitely will return. It will probably be later in the spring or in the summer.

Ideally, when would you like to make your decision?

It will probably be National Signing Day 2014. If I really like a school it could be sooner, but I think it will be Signing Day.

Do you play any other sports besides football?

I run track in addition to playing football.

How did your team do this season? How did you do individually?

Our team did pretty well this season, but we lost in the semifinals. I had a very good year. I had 21 total touchdowns, passing for over 1,100 yards and rushing for over 1,300 yards.


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Triv's picture

He seems like a solid player. Not quite the passer Barker is, but a little better runner (albeit a different style). I still prefer Barker, but if the staff wants two Ulmer could be a solid second quarterback.

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Nick's picture

Thank you for not bring up you know who in the opening paragraph

willshire58's picture

I'm guessing Bauserbombs

buckeye76BHop's picture

I'm going with TP...

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Rural Meyer's picture

Ulmer is where it's at and who I want in this class.

willshire58's picture

I like Barker, but Ullmer is defintely intriguing. The only thing that worries me about Ulmer is his height, but it appears in his tape that he stands tall in the pocket.

osubuck57's picture

I'd take Barker #1 and maybe Ulmer #2.Just not quite sold on his passing skills,yet.


sir rickithda3rd's picture

if braxton is 6'2" 6'1" is plenty tall enough for me.... russell wilson andy dalton drew brees are all under 6'2". not saying hes the passer any of them are but of herman thinks he can develop him and the kid is clocked at 4.3 im in for sure

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

buckeyedude's picture

Seems to me there more than just a few similarities Denard Robinson and Ullmer. 



Timotheos's picture

Barker appears significantly slower in highlight vids, but he does look good throwing the ball.

bergy22's picture

Tebow wasnt' a burner either. Barrett is going to have a really good shot at the job but if someone like Barker commits and starts, you'll see Herman tailor the offense more towards his offenses at Rice and Iowa St. Perhaps like Urban did at Utah and Bowling Green as well, where you run the spread involving a little more screens, short passes, and less QB designed runs.

Colonel Quaritch's picture

At Bowling Green Meyer used one of his Qb's like Braxton and that was Josh Harris who actually came there to be a RB. He was a very good college QB from what i remember.

"The question isn't who's going to let me, it's who's going to stop me." 

buckeyedude's picture

I also remember a QB named Craig Krenzel that wasn't exactly a burner, but he could pick up first downs on occasion with his legs if he had to.



OSUBias's picture

Two things: First, I'd like to thank the video producer for circling the QB on every play. I was a little confused about where the QB lined up [sarcasm font]. Second, he has a mighty slow release. Give Tom Herman something to develop. Great vision as a runner though.

7 yards and a cloud of dust is a beautiful thing

thatlillefty's picture

that made me laugh at loud

thatlillefty's picture

if this kid waits til signing day to commit, there might not be a spot left for him

Charlotte Buckeye Chip's picture

He glides like Pryor and cuts like Braxton. 

~Charlotte Buckeye Chip

buckeye76BHop's picture

I hope he's NOTHING like TP...personally.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Nick's picture

He has a pretty good offensive line is the center #64 being recruited by anyone?

Conroy's picture

Assuming we take two QBs next year, I hope we take an great athlete like Ulmer or Kizer and a more pass oriented guy like Barker or Crest.

As long as the QB is a good enough passer to make up for it, you don't need a great running quarterback in this offense. But if you do have one who can throw, you've got the making of something special.

buckeye76BHop's picture

I've been saying they'll be 2 QBs in this class and I'm not changing that outlook.  I could see Barker and Ullmer both in the 2014 class.  I find it hilarious to hear/see people saying they won't or can't get two good QBs in one class.  I say to you...don't underestimate Urban and this staff.  A 12-0 first season on the newly created OSU resume (not to mention Utah and FL)...are pretty damn good  
Ullmer definitely reminds me of Braxton...I could care less about the references to TP. That piece of SHIT cost this 2012 class a chance at a NC against an OVERRATED ND team (and I don't care about his stats or BCS wins...he didn't go undefeated or win a NC...enough said).  I can't stand hearing or seeing any accolades going to that thug nor the other 2008 class thugs.  I hope they all suck in the NFL and so far so good.  

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

CowCat's picture

No TP scandal = no Urban Meyer = Walrusball in 2012 = no NC

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

KillerNut's picture

Depending on how JT felt retirement wise.
No TP=No scandal=Jt retiring after last year=Urban Meyer without 6-7 year.
Nobody considers that side, not being able to prove it aside

Alhan's picture

I thought the general consensus was that if none of that crap had gone down, we would have been a serious title contender last year?  You could always say "No TP scandal = no Urban Meyer because Tress just won the NC in 2011".

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

cplunk's picture

It's a little ridiculous for you to be mad at TP.
Nothing he did took place in a vacuum- he played with these guys called teammates, some of whom did the same thing or other violations, and likely almost all of whom knew what he was doing, and they played for these guys called a coaching staff who are supposed to be the people helping the kids become better men and who likely all also knew what was going on, and those guys work for an athletic director who is supposed to be overseeing everything going on, and who probably did really know about the email Tressell said never went anywhere, and that athletic director employs compliance personnel, whose job it is to assist the players in navigating the maze that is NCAA regulations.
And many of those people are still at OSU.
Plus there is the other side of it- the people trading the items or emailing the coach.
Singling out TP is wrong.
Personally, if I get mad about it, I get mad at the NCAA for having a ridiculous rule set, avoiding the valid question of whether the players should maybe get some living money from the profit machine they created that is college football, and distributing punishments in a wildly inconsistent method that seems to be little more than deciding based upon the prevailing emotion of the day against the particular school in question.

buck-I.8's picture

As far as I'm concerned, if you hate TP you have to hate them all. Which means no "Jordan Hall is coming back for another years, let's all celebrate."
Now, I'm on your side, what happened was unadulterated capitalism that took place in the wrong setting and was thus non-intrinsically wrong, but I hold no hard feelings for anyone involved, except for perhaps Jim Tressel, whom I hold/held to a so much higher standard than a bunch of 18-22 year olds. But even there, what does holding on to spite well after retribution accomplish?

Oyster's picture

I have a differing opinion on the whole thing but I am not going to get into it right now.  I will offer this question though, is the coaching staff and athletic department supposed to know what every single athlete is doing 24/7?    

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I want a QB who can pass and runs when he needs to.  I'm sold on Barker.  He has a bigger body too, so if he needs to run he can take more hits.  I'd like Barker first, then whoever else second.  I'm hoping they offer Barker when they stop to see him this week.  If we get Barker, we get Garrett, Snodgrass, and McMillan too. 

Jhesse17's picture

For the kids sake please don't compare him to Braxton.

Jhesse17's picture

Great runner, but slow, baseball-like delivery. Not a strong passer, probably projects as a WR in college.

Kwanblaze's picture

I still can't believe there's still all this venom for TP, but none for Tress. You can't have it both ways. Get up on your soapbox saying the 5 selling their own things shouldn't have resulted in that type of punishment and in the next breath condemn Pryor while making Tress out to be saint. I don't agree with everything TP did while he was a Buckeye, but you're talking about a kid. To wish that he fails in life is a bit much. Tress covering it up is what really killed us and they carried him off the field on their shoulders Saturday. I've got no problem with that, but I can't whitewash history and pretend it was all Pryor's fault.

Jhesse17's picture

TP is a kid who traded an item he owned for another item he wanted. The NCAA is the real villian here.

SPreston2001's picture

Well said my friend. What TP & Co. did wasnt even illegal except in the eyes of the NCAA. Tres is at fault for the bowl ban and sanctions. If Tres would have reported the players, they would have been suspended for a game or two and we would have moved on. Get over it people its not like TP committed some horrible crime. He was a kid who made a bad decision but lets not forget about all the good he did on the field. Its not like we all havent done silly things when we were kids. People kill me sitting on their high-horse like they dont have skeletons in their closets...

3technique's picture

Man this kid looks fast. You can never have too many athletes like this. I would love to see a triple option with EZE, this kid, and Hurd... I truly believe this bowl ban will be used to TOSU's advantage.. I also believe if this kid signs it will be hard to keep him off the field in some compacity.

SPreston2001's picture

Boeckman rode the tails of a great RB and overall team. He doesnt deserve to be mentioned....

yankeescum's picture

Ulmer looks like a stud.  His throwing motion has some strange wasted motion at the back end, but man can that kid run.  He is real patient, and his acceleration is pretty damn good.  If we got him and Dareian Watkins next year (even if Watkins ends up playing somewhere else) I would be pretty bloody happy.

D. Anthony's picture

Getting Ulmer and Barker would give us what we had with Troy Smith and Justin Zwick. Everyone thought Zwick was The guy but as he was not developing like we expected Troy started getting chances due to his legs and ended up developing into the better passer as well... and Justin time was over (at least until, Smith got busted for the $500 handshakes and we needed Justin in that bowl against Ok St and Les (booger eater) Miles. Justin was still a good passer and we had 2 capable QB. I think Barker and Ulmer could do the same.

D. Anthony