The Ohio Bobcats have been busy this week. They hauled in a pair of commitments from some giant offensive lineman earlier this week, only to follow it up with a commitment from a 3-star running back who will be running behind those big hogs.
On Tuesday, The Plains, Ohio product Trae Williams, son of Ohio defensive line coach Jesse Williams, committed to the bobcats, announcing his decision on Twitter. He chose the 'Cats over offers from Akron and Toledo. Williams was also garnering interest from Bowling Green, Cincinnati, and West Virginia.
"My dad stayed of my recruitment," Williams told Hustle Belt in a recent interview. "He let me go around, visit other schools, and just wanted me to find the best fit for me."
Williams plays for the local high school located in Athens, Ohio, meaning the Bobcats were able to get a commitment from one of the two highly touted prospects from their own backyard. The other, 4-star quarterback Joe Burrow (son of Ohio defensive coordinator Jimmy Burrow) pledged to Ohio State in late May.
Listed as 6-foot, 195 pounds, Williams is a different type of running back than most of the lightweight speedsters currently on Ohio's roster. With only three running backs on roster currently above freshman status (two juniors and a senior) Coach Solich and his staff are setting themselves up to feature an incredibly deep backfield for the next several years.
Williams recently spoke very highly of his future coaching staff, "They're great coaches and the things I've been able to see them do with the players that they've had is awesome. They not only help on the football field but also in their lives. It's a winning program and they do really well with developing players."
Williams is a fantastic grab for an Ohio team that is incredibly young at running back. Currently ranked a 3-star prospect (247Sports Composite), Williams is considered a Top-60 prospect in the state of Ohio. Even though Williams is such a highly touted recruit, he is still working on certain things to improve.
"One thing I have worked a lot on is lowering my shoulder and going through contact. I've also been working on improving my route running. I'm working to polish this stuff up so that I don't need to be taken out in certain situations and I can stay on the field."
Williams is very excited to be a Bobcat, however he is not satisfied with just being a college football player.
"My ultimate goal is to go to the NFL and that's actually a big reason I chose Ohio because Coach Solich is one of the best running back coaches in the nation. I want to keep getting better and better to where I can be one of the best running backs around the nation and that's what I'm trying to work for."
During the past two seasons in Athens, Williams has totaled 3,146 rushing yards and 52 rushing touchdowns. He's also capable of lining up as a wide receiver and is a skilled kick returner. Although we may not know exactly what position Williams will be playing(or how many), one thing is clear, getting Williams to stay close to home is a huge win for Ohio.
Check out Williams' highlights, courtesy of Hudl: