On Tuesday evening, the Ohio State Buckeyes became Rose Bowl champions. For some of the players, that was their final game; for others, they’ll be back next year—hoping for an appearance in the College Football Playoff.
But, there’s also another crop of players to keep an eye on: the ones that have already signed, and will become Buckeyes by the start of next season.
Four-star wide receiver Jameson Williams was part of the bevy of recruits to sign with Ohio State during the early signing period in December. And on Thursday evening, you can preview the skillset Williams will bring to Columbus as he takes part in the Under Armour All-America Game.
The Cardinal Ritter College Prep standout is the No. 24 ranked WR in the 2019 class and the No. 2 prospect from the state of Missouri, according to 247sports. He held nearly 50 offers, including ones from Alabama, Texas, Michigan and Georgia. So, it’s not a wonder that he was one of the 12 WRs chosen to take part in the game.
Earlier in the month, a highlight reel for the Saint Louis star was uploaded to Hudl.
Once he hauls in the ball, good luck bringing him down. Williams has speed—and in one highlight, the hops—to get around defenders. When he committed to the program, our own Patrick Mayhorn wrote up an analysis for what Williams means to Ohio State, as Ryan Day, a pass-happy operator, takes over the reigns from a retiring Urban Meyer:
“Do you remember how it felt to watch Braxton Miller run? The constant thought in the back of your head that no matter what happened, Braxton could, and absolutely would, find his way out of it and score a touchdown? Well, that’s Jameson Williams’ entire thing. That may sound like an overstatement, but no, that’s really just what he does.
His track speed, vision, and elusiveness make him a natural fit for Ohio State’s H-back position, and while he won’t be able to subsist only on screens and underneath passes at Ohio State, there is a pretty easy comparison to make for him. In fact, it almost feels too easy to say that as Parris Campbell leaves after this year, the next evolution of his position will arrive in Williams.
In essence: If you liked seeing OSU receivers score touchdowns this season, then you’re going to like Williams once he gets into the games. Also, if you wanted to read the full scouting report on Williams, you can check it out here.
There’s 100 top athletes taking part in the Under Armour All-America Game. However, Williams is the only Buckeye. Jordan Battle, a four-star safety in the same class, was verbally committed to OSU, but flipped to Alabama on the first day of the early signing period.
You can catch Williams and the rest of the Under Armour stars at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The game will take place at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.