On Thursday night, the Buckeyes offered 2016 two-way lineman Mike Williams from Fort Worth, Texas. Williams, a 6-foot-2, 290-pounder projects as a defensive tackle in college and is a former teammate of current Buckeye Demetrius Knox at All Saints Episcopal High School.
"(Ohio State) is big for me because they were one of my favorite schools growing up. (If they offered) they were always going to be a possibility for me. I was always attracted to their consistency. They were always in the mix.”
As you can imagine, Knox has already been in his ear about the Buckeyes and will likely ramp up that pursuit now that there's been an offer to Williams.
"(Knox) talks to me at least once a week, we talk about how college is going for him," Williams told 11W. "He tells me that they really like to have fun up there but that the coaches are also really serious about what they do."
One of the perks of being an underclassmen at a school where high-level players are being recruited is that you'll get a chance to meet coaches from all over the country.
"My coach had talked to (Buckeyes' offensive coordinator Tom) Herman and told me they'd offered," Williams said. "I got to meet Urban Meyer and Ed Warinner though through Meechy's recruitment."
The country's 23rd-ranked defensive tackle for 2016, Williams has already been on multiple college visits, but he's not sure when or if he'll visit the Buckeyes, although he'd definitely like to. Despite visiting most of the programs who've offered him, he says he's got no favorites.
"I've visited Oklahoma State, TCU, SMU, Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma," he added. "I have not made a decision yet with my mom whether or not we'll get to go out to Ohio yet, but right now no one is standing out from the pack."