Ohio State's running back recruiting has been a hot topic these past few weeks, and things have gotten even more intriguing as long-time Badger commit Antonio Williams has committed to the Buckeyes.
Officially committed to The Ohio State University!!
— Antonio Williams (@A_B_Williams34) October 18, 2015
The Williams File
- Class: 2016
- Size: 5-11/210
- Pos: RB
- School: North Stanly (New London, NC)
- Composite Rating: * * * *
- Composite Rank: 7 (RB)
The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder from New London, NC (North Stanly) committed to North Carolina nearly two years ago before deciding to open up his recruitment. He then pledged to Wisconsin last fall. Recently, Williams indicated that the Buckeyes had been in contact with him, and it didn't take long for things to really pick up as he decommitted from Wisconsin last Wednesday. The four-star was in Columbus this weekend for the Penn State game.
Williams has put together quite the offer sheet – including Alabama, Auburn, Notre Dame, Florida, and Georgia – but his recruitment has been mostly quiet since pledging to the Badgers in December of 2014. Tony Alford, who began recruiting Williams when he as an assistant coach at Notre Dame, has led the surge to add the North Carolina standout.
The Buckeyes extended an offer last November and were immediately included in his top six. After canceling an Auburn visit and opting for Madison instead, the commitment came shortly after the Badgers defeated Minnesota and secured their spot in the Big Ten Championship game; it would go public a few days later. Williams really garnered the affection of Badger fans when he unleashed this tweet shortly after the 59-0 dismantling in Indy.
The No. 19 commitment in the Buckeyes' 2016 class, Williams is the second running back to join the fray. Fellow tailback Kareem Walker has been committed to Ohio State since January, though there certainly is some doubt surrounding his status
Eleven Warriors will have more on Antonio Williams' commitment soon.