Eric Glover-Williams Shines Again at FNL

By John Brandon on July 30, 2014 at 3:30p
Eric Glover Williams at Friday Night Lights 2013

Last Friday night, Eric Glover-Williams found himself in the exact spot he was in one year ago. With nothing and everything to prove, Glover-Williams stepped onto the Ohio Stadium turf ready to put on a show.

The past year has been quite a ride for Eric Glover-Williams. At the start of last year, Glover-Williams was a name only known by the hardcore recruitniks, even though he held a scholarship offer from Ohio State. To little fanfare, Glover-Williams took the field at Friday Night Lights 2013.

Winning several one-on-ones against Damon Webb, one of the country's top cornerbacks, earned the attention of Buckeye fans. His "Superman" shirt, explosive athleticism and incredible catches earned their affection.

After the camp, Glover-Williams was told by the Buckeye staff that they wanted him to "be the face of the program for 2015.” Glover-Williams committed to Ohio State one month later.

Like many recruits who choose a school early in the recruiting process, Glover-Williams faded into the background. He had a strong junior season; a switch from running back to quarterback led to nearly 1000 yards of passing and rushing each. His recruitment seemed drama-free, and then off-field concerns brought him back into the spotlight.

In January, rumors swirled that his scholarship offer might be in jeopardy. A few months later, Glover-Williams got into an altercation with a teammate. In April, a reader poll at this site was pretty much split on whether he would eventually become a Buckeye.

After all that, Glover-Williams still had no doubt where he would be going to school. "Most definitely I'm going to be a Buckeye. O-H!"

No Superman shirt, no problem.

As a committed prospect, Glover-Williams had nothing to prove to the Buckeye coaching staff. As a kid who had been through a lot over the past year, he had everything to prove.

With that in mind, he returned to the location of his coming-out party. The second time around, he showed the Ohio State coaches he might be just as good as a defensive back.

"When I first got here I talked to [the coaches]. They had me go to defense, asked me to play DB," he said. Once again, the highlights of the night involved Eric Glover-Williams in one-on-ones. Replacing Damon Webb was Austin Mack, a highly-touted receiver from Indiana.

The two went at each other, with Glover-Williams winning many of the battles. At one point, he jammed Mack completely off the field and took him down. For someone of Glover-Williams' size (5-foot-11, 165 lbs), that takes considerable strength.

"It was a chance to show out, to show them what I (can do). [Urban Meyer] told me to come out, have a fun time and just take it like any other day," said Glover-Williams.

It was an impressive defensive showcase. Comparisons to former LSU standout Tyrann "The Honey Badger" Mathieu even murmured through the crowd.

Despite the the embarrassment of riches Ohio State has in the defensive backfield, EGW thinks the Buckeyes might want to use him at corner.

"It's something I'm looking forward to doing," he said of playing defensive back at Ohio State. "It just depends on wherever I can fit in to get on the field first – whatever I can do to help the team."

Whatever Glover-Williams does at Ohio State, his Friday Night Lights performances indicate he has all the tools to become a special player.


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CTBuckeye's picture

So far we've seen this kid play DB and WR at FNL with success each time, and in high school RB and QB.  Seems like a great find to play on either side of the ball.

"Because we couldn't go for three"

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OSUpawn's picture


I believe the SEC players put their pants on one leg at a time like we do.

JohnnyKozmo's picture

With that size, who does he compare best to in the history of great OSU DBs?  His listed height is 2 inches taller than Winfield, but that's who I thought of first, given the physical nature of his play.

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cw823's picture

It's a little soon to make those comparisons, son.  

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

not really-just asking a question.

Pain don't hurt-Dalton

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NitroBuck's picture

Don't forget that Ted Ginn Jr was recruited as a CB and was of similar size.  That said, I like EGW's aggressive, physical nature.

Ferio.  Tego.

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GoBucks713's picture

"But can the kid kick?"  - James Patrick Tressel

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Buckeye Knight's picture

As long as he keeps his nose clean off of the field, this kid will have a very bright future here!

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Yep. Nail. Head. 

Rock-N-Roll McDonalds. 

GoBucks713's picture

Wesley Willis is....... Wait for it..........


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southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Yes.  Count me as appropriately embarrassed at the riches in stock for the Ohio State program.

I like cookies.

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Hovenaut's picture

Very positive follow-up on this young man, eager to see his talent and versatility in S&G (soon).

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MN Buckeye's picture

I'm just glad that he has worked hard to get it together. He clearly has great talent, and he is growing as a person.

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Groveport Heisman's picture

Seems odd because I remember a thread from a couple of posters that said they were there at FNL and they were saying EGW got abused while on defense by Mack. Hmmmmmm

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

osu07asu10's picture

Abused? I wouldn't say that.

I think that Mack was impressive but EGWs jam and take down changed the whole event for Mack IMO. I didn't see much from him that point forward.

Webb and EGW mixed it up last year and then the intensity only ratcheted up. You can tell Webb and EGW are competitors.

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osu07asu10's picture

Winning several one-on-ones against Damon Webb, one of the country's top cornerbacks, earned the attention of Buckeye fans. His "Superman" shirt, explosive athleticism and incredible catches earned their affection.

I watched this from the east side of the stadium in 2013. There was absolutely a buzz around "dude in the Superman shirt". Everyone knew Damon Webb and everybody wanted to see Damon, the leader of the class. It was an epic battle and you could see how much it meant to Damon, and just how explosive an athlete EGW is. 

The two went at each other, with Glover-Williams winning many of the battles. At one point, he jammed Mack completely off the field and took him down. For someone of Glover-Williams' size (5-foot-11, 165 lbs), that takes considerable strength.

I started asking who the taller receiver was and was told it was Austin Mack. I was impressed with him and apparently I wasn't the only one. Shortly after I inquired about him,...EGW steps up and takes him right off the field into the sideline. To me, the jam was nice but not all that impressive being in shorts only. However, the intensity he displayed was simply insane. It is 100% what I think every coach wants at Ohio State.

If EGW continues to mature, he is going to be special, really really special.

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

I'm not excusing anyone's stupidity, but the kid was what, 16-17 years old? We used to get into some ferocious fistfights/wrestling matches during practice in HS (yes, I realize this was off-the-field, but sometimes the junk that happens at practice doesn't just stay there) - hopefully (and it sounds like it) EGW has grown up a little and realizes the responsibility he has as "the face" of the Elite '15.

buckeyeradar's picture

Great to hear positive things on him.  Lets hope he learned something.  It takes a set to face some of the best players with a Superman tee on.

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MauricXe's picture

can the season start already......

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Marshall Trucker's picture

When he showed up last year in a Superman shirt, and didn't disappoint, he immediately became my favorite recruit. Can't wait to see him in S&G!

bleedscarlet's picture

He won't need to play QB this year, that's for sure. Excited to see what he and Clark can do together, my money would be on video game numbers.....

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Nutty's picture

Heard months ago he is staying at McKinley

Pa_snoborder's picture

Shoot he could be the next Chris Gamble, play both sides son!

One shall stand, One shall fall. -Optimus Prime

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808buckeye's picture
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seize the carpe

PasadenaBuckeye626's picture

I hope EGW can conduct himself properly, so everyone can just focus on his on-field performance.

Go Bucks!

buckskin's picture

Can anyone say Chris Gamble? He looks the part, be great to see that on the field.

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droessl's picture

I vividly remember watching the 2002 game vs. PSU where Gamble had the GW pick-6. 

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nuke's picture

Another quality "football player" from Canton McKinley.

whiskeyjuice's picture

neat-o, right on, choice! He WILL be a great addition to the Buckeyes!!

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Barnsey69's picture

Gamble clone imo, just needs to keep his marbles in the jar off the field, and he'll be hoisting hardware and cashing big checks (after he leaves of course).

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TraptnMI's picture

I don't believe Peppers has anything over on this kid. EGW is a natural baller. SPECIAL!  Put me in coach, any where.

" It's real good whatcha done Anthony, real good ! "

Burritos Noches's picture

I get nervous when comparisons to "Honey Badger" get thrown out. That's a big expectation for any player to meet, let alone someone who hasn't played in a D1 game yet. Here's to us tempering our expectations and him blowing them out of the water.

"3 yards and a cloud of dust" - Woody "Pow Right In The Kisser" Hayes

BDobina's picture

I think EGW is the most underrated player of this class. As of right now, besides Hilliard, I think he has a chance of seeing the field and getting significant playing time faster than any other recruit. I am from Canton and follow Stark County football very closely and the kid can flat out play. I know it is only high school but he is one of those kids that every time he touches the ball he can take it to the house. Teams scheme their entire defense against McKinley on just how to stop EGW because he lines up all over the place a lot like Ginn did at Glenville. Like everyone else has said, he just needs to stay out of trouble and he will absolutely be very special.