The Ohio Bobcats have had a nice little run here late in July. Just days after flipping a big-play wide receiver from rival Marshall, the Green and White received an oral commitment from 2015 safety prospect Mayne Williams, the 10th commitment of the class so far.
Williams is listed as 6 foot, 188 pounds, and has the frame to be a menace in the defensive backfield. The Cincinnati resident chose Ohio over an offer from fellow MAC school Eastern Michigan. Williams announced his commitment to Ohio via his Twitter account Monday evening.
The Colerain High School senior is currently unranked by any major scouting service, but coming from a football power such as Colerain, he certainly shows promise. He has the versatility to play safety or corner, and the physicality to punish any receiver he comes in contact with, while also being an asset in the running game. He's athletic and can roam the backfield with ease.
In Colerain's defense he was often used in the box as an additional edge rusher, and possess a great nose for the ball carrier and explosive acceleration. He's athletic and reads the field well, allowing him to work in a variety of roles on defense and special teams.
As the first defensive back commit in what will likely be a small 2015 Ohio class, Williams' fills a vital need for the 'Cats in this class. Ohio is losing two longtime starters, and three main contributors overall at the safety position. Williams will join a relatively young and inexperienced group of safeties in 2015 should he sign with Ohio come February, and will likely see some form of early playing time.
Check out Williams' highlights, courtesy of Hudl: