Camren Williams is a Buckeye!

Written January 20th, 2012 by Joe Laing

Camren Williams, the next LB in the 2012 class.

The Ohio State commitments just keep coming in what has been the hottest recruiting stretch ever for Ohio State.  Turn away from you computer for a moment and you might miss one (or two).

The latest commitment comes from Camren Williams, the 6’2” 215 pound linebacker from Massachusetts.

Williams is a four-star outside linebacker built in the same mold as David Perkins.

He combines excellent size, speed and quickness- which isn’t surprising if you’ve been following the players that Meyer has been targeting.  Once again, this may be a different style of linebacker than Ohio State fans are used to, but these new LB’s can really excel in the right scheme.

After this past season, it was abundantly clear that the Buckeyes needed some better athleticism from the linebackers and that issue continues to be addressed in a big way on the recruiting trail in 2012.

On film (see below), you see Williams sift through traffic, fight off blocks, and explode through tackles to finish plays. He also shows the ability to drop in coverage and play in space.

The bottom line is that Cameron Williams (and David Perkins) provide tremendous versatility for the defense. It will be extremely exciting seeing what schemes Coach Fickell and Coach Withers can come up with to utilize their talent.

Although this commitment doesn’t come as a surprise, Camren Williams was unknown in most Buckeye recruiting circles until December 11th when he visited tOSU, seemingly out of the blue.  Tell us if you’ve heard this story before: he was a PSU commit until everything broke there, allowing Urban Meyer and Ohio State to enter the picture.

Camren’s dad, Brent Williams, played in the NFL for the New England Patriots. His connection with New England allowed him to cross paths with Ohio State LB coach Mike Vrabel- which was obviously a plus.

After William’s initial visit to Columbus, he promised to return with his mother, which he did. When the happened, the writing was pretty much on the wall.

To emphasize what a roll Urban Meyer is on, the Buckeyes haven’t had a scholarship player from Massachusetts since ’91 when C.J. Kelly donned the scarlet and gray.  And just think, Meyer could get a second player from MA if Williams’ teammate (and fellow former PSU commit) Armani Reeves chooses the good guys as well.

That would be something.

I am really excited about Williams joining this class. As mentioned, the Buckeyes needed a boost for the linebackers (who were shockingly mediocre in 2011). Watching Meyer continue to target and get players that fit his schemes (as compared to Tressel’s more general style) is very exciting.

I can’t wait to continue watching the train roll until signing day.

Best of all, the 2013 train has officially left the station as well.

As usual, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, here are some highlights.

Welcome to the Ohio State family, Camren!

 

37 Comments

  1. ChrisNo Gravatar
    January 20th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    WOW!

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    samNo Gravatar
    January 20th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    exactly! i’d say this has been a pretty good week…

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  2. zivNo Gravatar
    January 20th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Never followed OSU recruiting until this year and Urban taking over. It is great to see what is happening and what will be in a few years

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  3. KenNo Gravatar
    January 20th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Welcome aboard, lad. Good point, Joe; when Mom gets involved in the recruiting, it’s pretty much a done deal.

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  4. ChuckNo Gravatar
    January 20th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Urban Meyers is a Vulture, these recruits that he stole from Penn State will come back to haunt OSU for years to come, just like the QB they stole from PSU a few years back that put your team on Probation. Enjoy Meyers for the few years he decides to stay, the first chance he gets to bolt for more money he will! and for the recruits that changed their decisions all I can say is that Penn State will be back to the Power House they once were after the school and the students have time to heal.

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    January 20th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Welcome to the conversation… Given all that happened, would you still want Pryor?

    Can you define “power house”? Three conference titles (only one outright) in eighteen years is surely something special.

    Oh, and it’s “Meyer” not “Meyers”. You can be sure that Cox and Reeves are aware of that…

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    GoBucksNo Gravatar
    January 20th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    You mad bro? wake up and get Urbanized!!! The B1G better conform or they will be just bottom feeders against Ohio States speed/power machine!! Bring it on SEC!!

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    samNo Gravatar
    January 20th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    the guys that meyer has “stolen” were committed to PSU before the wheels fell off. can you blame them for gettin out of town?

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    KenNo Gravatar
    January 21st, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Sam, that is exactly the essence of these commitments.

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    RonNo Gravatar
    January 20th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Well Chuck, I’ve got to say that if Ohio State is going to be haunted because of signing players from PA, just imagine the nightmare a great many teams have due to signing players from OH. Without players from OH teams such as Mich etc. wouldn’t even be competitive.

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    Bucks RuleNo Gravatar
    January 21st, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I dont think we have to worry about Urban runnin to more money,i’m sure he is where he wants to be now.He sure isn’t a vulture,those kids chose to decommit from Penn St,and really can u blame them for all the distractions they have right now.Penn St is a great school,we all know they will be back again,but it will take them awhile after all this.We paid for it this year,we had a very mediocre year but we will arrive again in 2012 and beyond.

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    gregg17No Gravatar
    January 22nd, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Why do you have an OSU “Block O” logo on your post? TP was an awesome athlete, he sold or traded personal, private property. That’s in the U.S. Constitution. I checked & it’s NOT an exception for colllege football players. All adults have those protections. The U.S. Constitution trumps the NCAA…game, set and match. Besides, most players like their name on the back of their jersey! Rose Bowl MVP, Sugar Bowl MVP over an SEC team, 31-4 as a starter…I’ll take Terrelle Pryor every day of the week! Thanks PA.

    RIP Joe Paterno

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    January 22nd, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    That’s the default gravatar for folks who don’t have one. It was either that or this one:

    Woody

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    ShaneyNo Gravatar
    January 23rd, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Well put Chuck,
    All these buckeye fans are so delusional and at the same time are so egotistical. Check the past recruits at all schools it isn’t the schools with all the top recruits that wins. Theeee idiot OSU fans boast of winning 6 0r 7 B1G titles the past decade but they cringe when the FACTS point to cheating, startieng with maurice Clarett….at least the other schools titles ARE LEGIT.
    What is going to be great next year is that THeeee disgraceful Ohio st. is going to have a meaningless season as they are not eligible for a bowl or a B1G title….so I for one will enjoy hearing their sanctimonious demented fans cry and whine about how they deserve to be in this bowl or that bowl. Keep in mind buckeye pinheads, alot can happen in 2 years….you brag and boast and pound your chest now about recruits that haven’t even played a down for you. Injuries, drug scandals, illnesses can and will all arise in this cursed class and at your cursed university….so enjoy your mythical assumptions and your self declared dynasty of the future because pride goes before a fall!!

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    January 23rd, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Wow… Someone’s got issues.

    Yup, this next season’s going to be a rebuilding year, that’s for sure.

    Of course, we won’t be rebuilding from a scandal that saw the abuse of children swept under the rug… so there’s that.

    Ah, well- when the Mayan Apocalypse hits in December, none of this will matter…

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    hmldjrNo Gravatar
    January 23rd, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    When was PSU a power?

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  5. ZbdNo Gravatar
    January 20th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    More great news. I felt linebackers were needed as much as any position. If speed kills, OSU opponents are on the endangered list.

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  6. samNo Gravatar
    January 20th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    i’ve kept up with tOSU recruiting for years. i don’t recall a pre-signing day stretch quite like this one. it’ll be fun to see the new look offense and defense once these guys get to columbus and have time to develop.

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  7. MartyNo Gravatar
    January 20th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Is it crazy to expect a possible Reeves commit tomorrow? Basketball game tonight back in PA, but after he sits down with family, knowing Williams is on board, we may be looking at a home stretch with Meyer being able to really zone in on 2-3 players. Judging from his performance over the last few weeks (which has seen him really recruiting two classes, this year and ’13), I’d say he ends up with two out of three of his “must-haves.”

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    JimNo Gravatar
    January 20th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    The latest is that Reeves still plans on visiting PSU next weekend before making a decision. That obviously could change (Williams planned on making that trip as well), but even with the trip, I still think there is a good chance Reeves will be a Buckeye.

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  8. EricNo Gravatar
    January 20th, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Welcome to the Buckeye Family Mr. Williams!

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  9. JohnNo Gravatar
    January 21st, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Camern you’re nothing but a punk. Go with the dirty osu program. When you’re career goes south you’ll wish you had stayed with a winner in psu! Goodbye u trader punk!

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    JimNo Gravatar
    January 21st, 2012 at 7:56 am

    John, thank you for representing the Penn State fan base so well. You do the university that covered up decades of child molestation proud with your superior grasp of spelling and grammar.

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    JeffNo Gravatar
    January 21st, 2012 at 11:13 am

    *Camren
    *OSU
    *your
    *PSU
    *you
    *traitor

    Just a little help in case he comes back. Next, we’ll work on proper placement of commas!

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    KenNo Gravatar
    January 21st, 2012 at 9:21 am

    This post is either a spoof or ‘John’ lives somewhere between Philly and The Burg.

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    EricNo Gravatar
    January 21st, 2012 at 10:06 am

    He’s a trader? What does he trade? I could be interested in trading a few bushels of wheat for some of those amazing far east spices!

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    JimNo Gravatar
    January 21st, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Hopefully not tattoos.

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    EricNo Gravatar
    January 21st, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Yea, I was originally going to make that joke, but decided it would be in relatively poor taste.

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    JimNo Gravatar
    January 21st, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    The Sandusky scandal puts “poor taste” into context a little bit.

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    EricNo Gravatar
    January 21st, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Yes, it sure does.

    JeffNo Gravatar
    January 21st, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I’m not so sure that PSU fans should discuss “going south” too much. That was the code word for “Sandusky’s horny”.

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  10. DIRKNo Gravatar
    January 21st, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I understand PSU fans being upset with recruits avoiding their school like the Plague. But to call them traitors when the so-called leadership of the school, at many levels, did truly criminal acts. The sexual assault and cover-up that followed. Why would a kid want to be associated with that? The culprits are gone, but the stigma will remain for the foreseeable future. Not their fault. And they shouldn’t have to be loyal to that. Penn State will eventually be a successful program again, but not during their time in college.

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    MarcNo Gravatar
    January 22nd, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Also, these players committed when PSU had a different coaching staff in place. How do anyone know that isn’t a factor?

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  11. DIRKNo Gravatar
    January 23rd, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    absolutely Marc! The so-called experts say a kid should commit to a University, not a coach. thats bull! positions are so specific to schemes that a kid has to know if he will fit the the coaching staff’s need. Not the president or chancellor’s scheme. who determines who plays or not? COACHES!

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  12. JamesNo Gravatar
    January 25th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I am in the heart of SEC country here in Alabama, and I watch SEC football every week, although I do watch Big Ten football every week as well. I’m gonna say something nobody in the south can say. Nick Saban, Les Miles, and Urbam Meyer are Big Ten coaches from the midwest, I think we can all agree with that, but the reason the SEC is winning all those titles, is because they have Big Ten playing the exact same style of football we play in the Big Ten. So you might ask well whats the big difference? The Big difference is, the SEC is coached playing Big Ten football with SPEED, which is what Urbam Meyer is bringing to Ohio State. When you watched Alabama and LSU boring offenses and stout defenses, it looked like something straight out of Woody Hayes playbook. Lets face it, the SEC has smoking fast players, plus they play in the deep south in warmer climates, which is ALWAYS plus in recruiting. I would suggest Iowa, Wisconsin, Northwestern, and a couple other Big Ten schools, focus on recruiting black hybrid players from the south, because schools like Wisconsin, Iowa, and Northwestern, are about 10 black players away from making the Big Ten a power conference to reckon with…Go Buckeyes!!!!!

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    JamesNo Gravatar
    January 25th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I meant to say SEC playing like the Big Ten

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  13. nicknowsNo Gravatar
    January 26th, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Just so the fans of Penn st know,because nicknows you will too. From 2002-2008 Penn st had the most arrests of any geM in the nation. The number of arrests is 47. This went on as your ex d-coordinator was molesting chdren in your football facilities. Don’t preach to osu about tatoogate until you clean up your own mess. Stuckup……about what? You be at best struggled since your intro in the big 10. When you do e in the pool there was no splash. Still waiting and get your facts straight before you start barking

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