By now, most of you are well aware that Damon Webb, Dante Booker, Jamarco Jones, Malik Hooker, Sam Hubbard and rest of the star studded 2014 recruiting class signed their National Letters of Intent with the Buckeyes last month, inching them even closer to living out their long time dreams of playing major college football on Saturday afternoons.
Between all the breaking news, Ohio State picked up a recruit you might have missed on February 5th. D1 First Team All-Ohio selection, Isaiah Williams of Clayton Northmont, will join those aforementioned prospects and suit up for his childhood favorite as a preferred walk-on this fall.
"The chance (to walk-on) came a while back before my season started." Williams told Land-Grant Holy Land. "Coach Hinton was my recruiting coach and he told me that a preferred walk-on spot was probably going to be the best they could offer me." The 6'3 190 pound future Buckeye safety added.
Coming off a junior campaign where he accounted for 48 tackles, four interceptions on defense and 457 yards receiving and three touchdowns on offense, Williams didn't really consider the option from Hinton at first, hoping he would end up catching the eye of some other Division one programs during the recruiting process, but in the end realized that Ohio State was the right overall place for him.
"I honestly kind of blew it off in hopes to earning a scholarship from another school." Williams who picked OSU over Ohio Dominican said of his opportunity with the Buckeyes. "I had considered some Division two schools but I wanted a chance to play at a bigger program and since I had the chance to play for my dream school, it was a no brainer."
Helping lead Northmont to an 8-3 overall record and state playoff birth as a senior, Isaiah hauled in 28 passes for 431 yards and three scores to go along with nearly 60 tackles and four fumble recoveries. He wasn't just named All-Ohio, but also First Team All-Conference and Division for his play on the field.
The third Thunderbolt to play defensive back for the Buckeyes in recent years, joining now Philadelphia Eagle Kurt Coleman and NFL hopeful C.J. Barnett, Williams can't wait to start his very own journey in the Scarlet and Gray.
"It's a great feeling knowing I have the potential to get on the field playing for one of the best schools in the nation and for one of the greatest coaches (Urban Meyer) around." He said. "I'm looking forward to the road ahead."
For highlights of Isaiah Williams in action, feel free to check out his tape, courtesy of Hudl: