Saturday, August 29, 2009

12th Man: Shaw Wide Receiver Tyrone Williams Verbally Commits to Ohio State

Posted by HD Handshoe

Imagine 6-6 quarterback Terrelle Pryor throwing lob passes to 6-7 wideout Tyrone Williams in the back of the Ohio State end zone. Buckeyes fans can begin the fantasy now.

"He's the best quarterback I've ever seen in college and he's really fast, too," Williams said. "I looking forward to catching balls from him."

Williams, a 6-7, 215-pound wide receiver at Shaw High School in East Cleveland, made an oral commitment to Ohio State on Saturday, becoming the 12th member of the 2010 Buckeye recruiting class.

Williams is big, strong, fast and still growing.

He has grown almost two inches and put on more than 15 pounds since the start of last season. He said he could reach 6-9. He is taller than any wideout playing at or committed to OSU. Shaw coach Rodney Brown said Ohio State coaches promised not to make Williams a tight end.

"When we bumped into (Pryor), the size difference was amazing," Brown said. "Tyrone is bigger than I realized when he stood next to Terrelle. It should be a great combination."

Williams also considered offers from Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas, Michigan State and West Virginia. He is rated a four-star recruit (out of five) by recruiting Web sites and Scout ranks Williams as the 33rd best wide receiver in the nation and the 15th best senior overall in Ohio. Rivals ranks him 44th among receivers and 14th overall in Ohio. Williams is the No. 3 ranked player in The Plain Dealer preseason Top 40.

Cincinnati was the only other school he visited. Williams called OSU coach Jim Tressel early Saturday afternoon.

"The coaching staff is very embracing,'' Brown said. "T.Y. is a home-state boy and it's the best choice for him. He could have visited other schools. He wants to a Buckeye."

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Tyrone Williams Highlights

Williams, who is reserved and polite, said he struck up a good rapport with Tressel and assistant coaches Taver Johnson and Darrell Hazel. He said once he set foot in Ohio Stadium in Columbus, it was a done deal.

"From the first time I saw the original stadium, I knew I would like to play on that field," he said.

Williams had surgery last October to repair a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament. Prior to the injury, he caught 11 passes for 402 yards (36.5-yard average) and 11 touchdowns in five games. He missed basketball and indoor track seasons while recuperating, but returned for outdoor track and did well. Brown said Williams ran the 200 meters in 22.8 seconds and a 47.6-second split in the 4x400-yard relay. He has been timed in the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.

"My knee is 110 percent," Williams said.

Williams caught five passes for 112 yards and a touchdown in a tie against Warren Harding on Friday. He said he plans to play basketball this winter and run track in the spring.

Williams, who turned 17 in May, grew up playing basketball and played football in eighth, 10th and 11th grades, but missed half of his junior year.

"I met him in the eighth grade and he had a choppy stride and great turnover, which is very rare for a tall kid," Brown said. "He's never been clumsy. He was bashful and shy when he was younger."

Brown said Williams still has to qualify academically.

"Tyrone has some work to do in the classroom, but last year he had all A's, B's and one C," Brown said.

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Original article written by Tim Warsinskey of the Cleveland Plain Dealer

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