Three-Star 2020 RB Miyan Williams Flips From Iowa State to Ohio State

By Zack Carpenter on November 23, 2019 at 6:41 pm
Miyan Williams
Miyan Williams

Ohio State fans, you can now rest easy. The Buckeyes have filled their need at running back for the 2020 class.

Three-star senior running back Miyan Williams has flipped his commitment from Iowa State to Ohio State, ensuring Tony Alford won't be shut out in the running back race.

Williams finally made his unofficial visit on Saturday for the Buckeyes' huge showdown against Penn State, a 28-17 win, and the raucous atmosphere instantly made an impact on him. Less than four hours after seeing the Ohio State victory, Williams announced his flip via Twitter.

Williams, the nation's No. 43-ranked RB out of Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati, had been committed to Iowa State since July 4, but the Buckeyes began their pitch to flip him by offering him on Sept. 21, hours before kickoff of their game against Miami (Ohio). (Or, at least that's when Williams officially announced the offer.)

The Williams File

  • Class: 2020
  • Size: 5-foot-10/210 lbs
  • Pos: RB
  • School: Winton Woods High School (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★
  • Composite Rank: 43 (RB)

But Williams' recruitment really didn't look as if it was gaining much steam, as he was apparently sold on the Cyclones as his future program and held out on scheduling a visit to Columbus for a while.

Instead of making the trek west to Iowa, though, Williams will be staying closer to home, bringing a lower-ranked recruiting profile with him and what looks like more of a back who will provide depth as an old-school type of runner.

Williams finished as runner-up for Mr. Ohio and he surpassed 5,000 career rushing yards in September. 

He's done that mostly as a physical, bruising runner at the high school level, able to trample over defenders while running downhill. He looks like a grown man already, but it will be interesting to see how that running style translates against collegiate defenders who can match his size and muscle. With a 4.74 time in the 40, he is not going to be separating himself from defenders on long runs, so his usage would most likely be short-yardage and goal-line situations. 

He can smash people when blocking or he can go between the tackles and pick up the tough yards. He's not a home run threat and isn't going to make too many people miss but in a downhill ground attack, he's a major weapon.

That was the high school evaluation of former Buckeyes star Carlos Hyde by 247 Sports scout Mike Bakas. It seems Williams is in that same class of back. 

PARIS JOHNSON JR. OT No. 7 No. 1 JUNE 28, 2018
JACK MILLER QB No. 238 No. 10 (PRO-STYLE) JULY 1, 2018
LUKE WYPLER C No. 74 No. 1 JULY 7, 2018
GEE SCOTT JR. WR No. 64 No. 11 DECEMBER 25, 2018
JAKOB JAMES OG No. 823 No. 51 JANUARY 21, 2019
TREY LEROUX OT N/A No. 88 MARCH 11, 2019
LEJOND CAVAZOS CB No. 249 No. 25 (S) APRIL 12, 2019
JULIAN FLEMING WR No. 3 No. 1 MAY 31, 2019
GRANT TOUTANT OT No. 458 No. 36 JUNE 9, 2019
TY HAMILTON DE No. 744 No. 37 (SDE) JUNE 16, 2019
CLARK PHILLIPS CB No. 45 No. 5 JUNE 21, 2019
CODY SIMON LB No. 122 No. 9 (OLB) JUNE 29, 2019
DARRION HENRY DT No. 168 No. 15 JUNE 29, 2019
JOE ROYER TE No. 482 No. 17 JULY 2, 2019
MITCHELL MELTON LB No. 672 No. 42 (OLB) JULY 3, 2019
CAMERON MARTINEZ ATH No. 375 No. 16 JULY 4, 2019
JOSH FRYAR OL No. 422 No. 23 (OG) JULY 4, 2019
MOOKIE COOPER WR No. 80 No. 15 JULY 8, 2019
LATHAN RANSOM S No. 77 No. 3 JULY 16, 2019
KOURT WILLIAMS LB No. 160 No. 11 JULY 24, 2019
JACOLBE COWAN DE No. 165 No. 14 (DT) OCTOBER 4, 2019
RYAN WATTS III CB No. 256 No. 18 OCTOBER 13, 2019
MIYAN WILLIAMS RB No. 618 No. 43 NOVEMBER 23, 2019

Out of the three final running back targets highest on the Buckeyes' board – Williams, Jahmyr Gibbs, Kevontre Bradford – Williams brings the most physicality and play-now readiness, though not as high of a ceiling in terms of playmaking and star impact as the other two.

His commitment, however, ensures the Buckeyes will have a sturdy running back talent to give them depth in both the short and long term.

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