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California 4-star linebacker Kourt Williams commits to Ohio State

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Williams could be the next great LB to dazzle Buckeye crowds in Ohio Stadium.

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The linebacker position has been a bit of a question mark for the Ohio State Buckeyes recently. It seems like times are changing in Columbus, as four-star LB Kourt Williams has committed to the Buckeyes, joining an already stacked 2020 class.

The 6-foot-1, 216-pound linebacker from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif., is rated by the 247sports composite as the No. 12 outside linebacker in the class and No. 15 overall recruit in the state of California. 247sports themselves ranks Williams a bit lower, coming in as the No. 16 OLB and and No. 17 in the state. New co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Jeff Hafley was the lead recruiter for Ohio State.

Williams received a ton of interest, earning an offer from 23 different programs, including the likes of Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma and Penn State. He has been scouted as an excellent athlete, possessing the skills to play as a hybrid linebacker/safety, someone who could slide in perfectly at the Buckeyes’ new bullet position.

His physical abilities allow him to excel close to the line while still maintaining the range to make plays in space in the defensive backfield.

After an unofficial visit to Ohio State in the winter, the feeling was there that Williams would end up in the Scarlet and Gray when all was said and done. Now, he has made it a reality. Williams is an excellent addition to a 2020 class that is starting to take shape as a truly elite group.

Check out highlights from Williams’ junior season: