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DE Ryan Williams (official thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by BuckNutty, May 20, 2004.

  1. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Dang JT is smooth. What a perfect response
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2005
  2. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Ryan signed his LOI


    Welcome aboard!!!
  4. Baschii06

    Baschii06 Chibuckeye

    This kid is going to be great and watch him become one of the better DE tosu has ever seen :oh:
  5. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Welcome to the Buckeye family Ryan Williams. I think this kid is very underated, comes from a great high school program and is a solid kid. I expect big things from him in the future.
  6. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 It's a brand new Day!!

    Fits the Vrabel and Finkes mode, which we know is no small feat. He will look great in a Buckeye uni with Worthington on the other side I think we will be in great Dline shape for the next 4 years! Welcome home Ryan!
  7. sears3820

    sears3820 Sitting around in my underwear.... Staff Member

  8. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    Sounds like the right values to me!

    From today's Lantern:

    It has been almost a month since Ryan Williams - a defensive end from Mission Viejo, Calif. - signed his letter of intent to play football at Ohio State.

    Williams was born just outside of Columbus in Washington Courthouse and has family living in Cincinnati. At the age of three Williams moved from Washington Courthouse to California where his father was offered a job.

    When it came time to choose which school to go to, it was not a tough choice, Williams said.

    "I definitely hate Michigan," Williams said. "I've always hated them and growing up an OSU fan in my family I was raised to hate them."

    When OSU offered him a chance to be a member of its 2005 recruiting class Williams interest in Oklahoma, Colorado, Colorado State and Washington vanished. He immediately made a verbal commitment to OSU.

    "He was always going to go to Ohio State," Mission Viejo football coach Bob Johnson said. "He loves it there."

    Williams was encouraged to attend OSU at a young age by his grandfather.
  9. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0 (free link)


  10. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0$

    6/18/05 has posted video of Williams in action.
  11. Buckin' A

    Buckin' A Veritas Aequitas

    Headline: Staying Firm

    By Gary Housteau

    Without knowing any better, it might seem like Ohio State pulled off quite a coup when they secured verbal commitments from Ryan Williams and Kevin Bemoll, two of the most talented players on arguably the best high school football team in California, if not the best team in the entire nation.

    Mission Viejo finished their season at 14-0, advancing as far as they possibly could in capturing the CIF Southern Section Division II championship in their state. It was good enough for them to be ranked as the third best team in the country by USA Today in their final poll.

    Along the course of their season, the Diablos beat the two Division I finalist teams in the Southern Section and they also knocked off the somewhat legendary program from De La Salle as well. Despite having their long winning streak broken this season, De La Salle still finished the year as the Division I sectional champions of the northern section of California.

    To put things in even greater perspective pertaining to MVHS, they advanced to the final game undefeated in each of the last four seasons, and they won every championship game except for one of them – last year. So Williams and Bemoll lost just one game in all during their four years as a Diablo.

    "I’m just real proud of our team I guess," said Williams, who was brought up to the varsity as a sophomore. "We’ve had some really good teams every year and I’ve gotten a lot better to be able to play on our team because it’s really hard to start and play and I was starting as a junior, and that was fun."

    Up until late December, Williams and Bemoll were excited about the future they had in store playing together at Ohio State. But concerns over off-the-field incidents and allegations caused Bemoll to begin to look at other schools, thus making it unlikely as of press time that the two would play together in college.

    While Bemoll decided to check out schools such as Cal and Oregon, Williams continued to make it clear that after graduation, he will take his immense talent on the gridiron to Ohio State where, fortunately, he has a lasting tie that binds him to the Buckeye state.

    Williams was born in Ohio, and his father, Wes, who grew up there and went to Washington Court House High School, has always been a rabid Ohio State fan. Obviously, this particular Buckeye didn’t fall too far from the tree.

    "I’ve always been raised watching Ohio State, and that’s always been my team," Williams said. "So it’s really a great opportunity to finally get to play for them. It’s like a dream come true.”

    Williams’ early dreams of being a Buckeye were stoked in part by his late grandfather who was at one time a cancer patient at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital on the Ohio State campus. Both of Williams paternal grandparents passed away from Leukemia. Ryan’s grandfather just happened to be a huge Buckeye fan.

    "When my grandpa was sick, I remember being in his hospital room, and he would point out the window to the Horseshoe. We could see the stadium from his hospital room," Williams said. "And he would have us walk down with my dad to the stadium, and we would look in through the bars because we couldn’t get in."

    But Ryan’s father was active in the ministry, and the family moved around the country during much of Ryan’s formative years to places like Nashville and Phoenix before they eventually settled in southern California. The likely odds of the much-traveled Williams ever going to Ohio State at one point seemed to be about as prodigious as the amount of miles that separate Ohio and California.

    "I’ve always thought that (Ohio State) would be the perfect school to play at, but I didn’t really give it that much consideration," said Williams, who, at 6-5, 240 pounds, has matured into a top prospect as a defensive end at Mission Viejo. "I was mostly looking at the Pac-10 schools because that’s where everyone around here ends up going. You don’t see too many kids going back to play at a school like Ohio State, so I didn’t really put too much thought into it. I didn’t think it was even going to be a possibility until I started talking to them. And then I got really excited about it."

    Williams was somewhat proactive in making the initial connection between himself and the Ohio State coaching staff. He flew in from California and went to a one-day camp at Ohio State in the summer before his junior season.

    "It was awesome," he said. "I loved the facilities and I got to see everything. I had a good time."

    Sometime after his junior season at Mission Viejo, Williams made a highlight tape of himself and asked his head coach Bob Johnson, who happens to run the Elite 11 camp every summer, to deliver it to the OSU coaching staff. Johnson was an instructor at the Nike camp at Ohio State back in April.

    "They liked the tape and they called me back," Williams said. "I told them how interested I was in their school, and from then on they scheduled a trip to come out and see me practice. And then after that they offered. I just accepted it the day they offered because I knew it was where I wanted to go."

    Williams committed to Ohio State in late May, and as fate would have it, Bemoll, his teammate and good friend, became very interested in OSU shortly after.

    "Kevin wanted to leave California, and he was looking at LSU and all of the Florida schools at the time," Williams said. "I think Kevin might have got offered by Ohio State about a week after I did. When Coach (Luke Fickell) came out to watch me practice, he really liked Kevin too and they ended up sending him an offer in the mail."

    Later during the summer, Williams, already committed at the time, was going to take an unofficial visit to Columbus to check things out and so he asked Bemoll to come along. And he did.

    "(Kevin) got to walk around Columbus and he loved it," Williams said. "He was amazed by the stadium and the facilities and the coaches and everything."

    With an assist from Williams and his father Wes, Bemoll grew to love Ohio State and decided to issue a commitment soon after his trip. Over time, however, things would change for Kevin Bemoll.

    When the news of OSU quarterback Troy Smith’s suspension for accepting money from a booster began to circulate around the country in late December, uncertainty formed in Bemoll’s mind. Being constantly barraged with negative news and portrayals of Ohio State eventually took too much of a toll on the offensive lineman.

    “As of now, I am keeping my options very open,” Bemoll told Bucknuts assistant editor Dave Biddle in early January. “I had a really firm commitment to Ohio State, but with all the stuff that is going on in Ohio, I’m going to see what else is out there.”

    Bemoll said the process was very difficult, but he was unable to prevent being affected by the things in the news.

    “Sure, you can’t believe all of it,” Bemoll said to “I’m sure they are playing it up. Like you said, a kid from California, what we see (on ESPN) is all we get out here. It just makes it difficult to know what is going to happen.

    “I know Ryan and I – especially me – I’m feeling very uncomfortable with it. It’s a long way from home to hear all this stuff is going on, where you’re supposed to be going. It makes me a little uneasy.”

    It remained uncertain exactly where Bemoll would wind up, but Williams has always had an allegiance to Ohio State even before he even had any idea that he would give thought to becoming a Buckeye. Bemoll, who admires Ryan’s dedication to the school, gave a description of just how firm of a hold the Buckeyes have on the talented defensive end.

    "Ryan’s been the biggest Ohio State fan all of his life, let alone high school," Bemoll said in December. "Ryan was the first of all our guys to commit. He got offered by Ohio State and I believe he committed on the same day he got offered. And I remember thinking, ‘Oh what an idiot, he didn’t even trip around.’ But Ryan is the type of kid that has been wearing Ohio State shorts to our football stuff everyday. He doesn’t wear the Mission shorts, and he just bleeds Ohio State. So that’s where his heart is and he couldn’t be happier."

    Sounds like a Buckeye through and through!
  12. Man in his latest picture he really looks beefed up. I think he could have a chance to be a sleeper for this year, like Rehring was last year. come out of know where and make some noise on the field.

    If not he could use the redshirt year and then be ready next year.
  13. jwinslow

    jwinslow A MAN OF BETRAYED JUSTICE Staff Member Tourney Pick'em Champ

  14. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0$

    8/19/05 has posted video of Williams in action.
  15. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    From the Press Luncheon this week...


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