Urban Meyer and his coaching staff are hosting some of the nation's best players over the course of the next two months. There have already been some big visitors this summer thanks to the Columbus NFTC camp and the first one day camp Saturday, which netted two commitments for the Scarlet and Gray.
Yesterday another big visitor was on campus in the form of Orlando (FL) West Orange running back Dexter Williams, who is currently committed to Miami.
Williams was very impressed with what he saw on his first ever trip to Columbus.
"It was a long, tiring trip getting there," Williams said. "I've seen pictures of the campus in the past, but I didn't know it was so big. When I got there, I was amazed at the campus. When I stepped off the bus I saw Coach (Stan) Drayton and Coach (Mark) Pantoni. They basically took me around all day and showed me how everything runs."
While in town, he got to spend a lot of time with Ohio State running backs coach Stan Drayton, who would be his position coach if he decided to play his college football in Columbus.
"We talked a lot about football and what Ohio State has to offer me both on and off the field," Williams stated. "He was saying that Ohio State is very big in business and that I would be a good fit for Ohio State with my size, skills, and talent. He was making sure I felt comfortable and didn't feel too far from home because he knows that Ohio State was a long ways from Florida."
The visit also featured a meeting with Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer. Williams grew up watching Meyer's Florida teams and has always been intrigued by the opportunity of playing for him.
"We had a little talk, shook hands, took pictures, and everything," Williams explained. "It was awesome meeting him. He's very cool and the way he runs his program, I know he's always going to have good teams. He did big things at Florida and is already doing big things at Ohio State. Plus, he has a good connection with Florida players. When I was watching the Gators when I was younger and thought if I ever had the opportunity to play for him, it would be a great feeling."
He's still committed to Miami, but he says Ohio State is in the running for his commitment following a productive trip to Columbus.
"It had me thinking a little bit, but at the same time, every visit has me thinking," he continued. "I was getting a new feel for everything and comparing things to Miami. It didn't change my decision, but Ohio State is definitely there in the running."
Williams enjoyed almost everything he saw at Ohio State, though seeing the facilities and the stadium stood out above everything else.
"It was just being in the facilities and the indoor field," Williams said. "Then walking into the stadium... I didn't know it was that big. They sell out every game and are adding more seats to the stadium. That's just crazy. I always want to play in front of a packed stadium and I know I could do that at Ohio State. It was beautiful."
In addition to Ohio State, he's considering a few other schools that he compares to Miami. He added that he'll be back in Columbus for an official visit this fall.
"I'm also comparing USC, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Louisville to Miami," Williams said of other school he's still considering.
"I plan on taking all of my official visits during the season," Williams stated. "I know Ohio State will definitely be one of them and it's going to go from there."
When it comes to making a final college decision, there are a couple of main factors that he'll be taking into account.
"Being comfortable where I'm at and feeling that I know I'm at a place I'll be taken care of and don't need to worry about anything," Williams explained. "Then having someone at the school who will always be on me (to get better) and help me excel in academics and on the football field. Knowing I'll have someone caring like my dad."
Williams has visited Georgia Tech and Louisville already this month and will be at Cincinnati today then Kentucky on Wednesday.