July 15, 2009

Buckeyes keeping tabs on Florida WR

The Buckeyes have had good success in the state of Florida through the years and despite not landing a verbal commitment yet in the class of 2010 from the Sunshine state the Buckeyes have been busy keeping tables on 2011 players as well.

One of the better prospects is Karlos Williams out of Davenport (Fla.) Ridge high school. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder already has seven offers including one from the Buckeyes to go along with ones from Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami (FL), Michigan and USF.

"It is really crazy and I am young and it is a big thing just to stay humble," Williams said.

Williams already has three in-state offers including a pair from members of "The Big Three". Does Williams feel a sense of accomplishment in gaining such notoriety so early in the process?

"It does feel really good," Williams said. "At my age in just becoming a junior, I look around in-state and there are not that many rising juniors at this young of an age getting offers like that. There are not very many of us. With that many big schools offering me this early, I feel it is a privilege."

The Buckeyes were pretty quick to get into the fray and coach Taver Johnson has been running point for the Ohio State effort. Williams recalls that when he was given a verbal offer by the Bucks was a very special day.

"That was a really big one for me and I was really excited when I heard the coach say that on September 1st that I would be getting a written scholarship offer," Williams said. "I am hoping to take a trip up there in the near future and go and check out the campus and probably go watch a game."

Williams has paid attention to the college football landscape and even in the Sunshine State the stories about "The Game" reach across the nation.

"I know a lot about Ohio State and its history goes back really far," Williams said. "The big rivalries they have against Michigan and they get to play teams like USC and Notre Dame."

Ohio State holds a special trump card when it comes to Williams with the talented receiver spending a lot of time with a proud alumnus.

"I get to train with the Super Bowl MVP that also player up there, Santonio Holmes," Williams said. "It is interesting because he talks about Ohio State all of the time and the type of program it is and how he wanted to play away from home and when he went up there it felt just like home. The coaches brought him in and treated him well. He started coming off late in the season as a freshman and since then he has done really well and now he is a Super Bowl MVP."

Williams posses good speed to go along with his time after being recently clocked at a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash. But despite being speedy on the field Williams wants to take a slower route when it comes to recruiting.

"Right now I am just going to take my time and that is how I see myself in taking my time in the process," Williams said. "I have my favorites but then again later on my mind might change when I visit schools. I just want to take my visits and see what I can offer them and what they can offer me and see if things match up well."

What factors will Williams look at when it comes to the agonizing process of narrowing down schools?

"I have three things off the top of my head," Williams said. "The teams itself… are the coaches together with the team. Do the players and the coaches at a position, do they get along well and do the players like their coaches? Second would be that academics. It all depends on what I want to go to school for and do they have that program there and how is that program rate across the country compared to others. Also would be about religion in the program too. Do they go to church, are they religious do they pray? Those are the big three I keep on my mind."

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