Signed: Aggressive, Bullish Running Style Gives RB Miyan Williams Upside Despite Three-Star Rating

By Zack Carpenter on December 18, 2019 at 7:57 am
Miyan Williams
Miyan Williams

The future stars of Ohio State football officially begin their college careers, as standouts from all over the country put pens to their National Letters of Intent.

The star rating next to Miyan Williams matters. Just not to Williams.

The three-star, 46th-ranked running back in the 2020 class is going to run aggressive, physically and violently whether or not he's at the top of the RB rankings or in the middle.

The Williams File

  • Class: 2020
  • Size: 5-foot-10/210 lbs
  • Pos: RB
  • School: Winton Woods (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★
  • Composite Rank: 46 RB

That's what the Buckeyes' 25th commitment in this class brings. Some Cincinnati toughness into a running backs room that can use that and some depth.

Williams had been committed to Iowa State since July 4, dedicating himself to Massillon, Ohio native Matt Campbell's program well ahead of his senior season at Winton Woods High School. 

But when the state's powerhouse program came offering mid-September, it started the wheels churning of a potential flip that finally happened on Nov. 23, a mere hours after the Buckeyes' win over Penn State during his visit to the Shoe. Tony Alford, Ryan Day and the atmosphere at Ohio Stadium made an immediate impact, as Williams' commitment so shortly after the game was among the quickest in recent memory.

Williams was the runner-up for Ohio's Mr. Football award in 2018 after running for 2,842 yards and 38 touchdowns as a junior. He brings a pedigree as arguably the state's best running back, but the Buckeyes only began recruiting Williams after they were spurned by five-star Bijan Robinson and borderline top-100 four-star Jaylan Knighton, each of whom had given silent commitments to Ohio State. Robinson wound up with Texas, and Knighton with Miami after decommitting from Florida State.

And now the Buckeyes will be getting a running back who has been compared to Carlos Hyde and Mike Weber, and those are certainly two careers that Williams would be through the moon if he could come close to comparing to by the time his Ohio State career is over.

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