December 13, 2011
Williams talks Ohio State visit
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The Ohio State coaching staff received a pleasant surprise on Sunday when four-star linebacker Camren Williams made a last minute decision to make a visit to Columbus. The West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial standout has taken a step back and re-evaluated things after the recent news around Penn State's program and he and his Father arrived in Columbus on Sunday evening.
"It was good," said Williams. "We got to see the academic facilities and athletic facilities. I met with the coaches and really got a good look at the school, it was a really good visit. It was an official visit."
Williams had already begun to establish a solid relationship with assistant coaches Mike Vrabel and Luke Fickell and he was able to build off of that during his two days in Columbus.
"I mostly met with coach Fickell and coach Vrabel and I met with coach (Urban) Meyer twice, I talked to him right before we left," he explained. "They really just talked about the defense and the style that they plan on running. They talked about the position where I fit and they talked a lot about (new defensive coordinator) Everett Withers who was actually my brother's defensive coordinator at North Carolina which is pretty cool because I already have a good relationship with him. We talked a lot of football and a lot about Ohio State."
Withers was announced earlier today as the new defensive coordinator for the Buckeyes and gives Williams an added level of comfort with Ohio State.
"It definitely (provides some extra comfort)," Williams said. "My brother loves coach Withers. He has all the respect in the world for him. Obviously, he was really successful at North Carolina as a defensive coordinator."
Williams also pointed towards the facilities in Columbus as another positive that the Buckeyes have working in their favor.
"Once you hit this level of football all of the facilities are great," Williams said. "Coach Meyer asked me what I thought about the facilities and the weight room and everything and they're all top notch. I would say the same thing about Penn State. The academic facilities, the football area, everything is just top notch."
Still, Williams maintains his status as a member of Penn State's 2012 recruiting class.
"I'm still committed to Penn State," he said. (The Ohio State visit) definitely helped out a lot (in terms of Ohio State's chances). I'm going to keep investigating the school, keep looking more into it and find out what's going to happen with Penn State. Once everything settles down, I'm going be able to have a much more educated decision about how to compare both schools so that's really where I'm at."
Williams is expected to make trips to both Penn State and Ohio State during the month of January before making his final decision. At the moment, it looks like the Buckeyes will get the last crack at Williams before he makes a final decision.
"My plan is to take an official visit to Penn State, the week of January 13th," he said. "I will take another visit, an unofficial visit, to Ohio State. I promised coach Meyer that I'll take a visit again in January and bring my Mother down so she can see the campus. It will probably be after the Penn State visit since that is early on in the month."
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