Ohio State Football Recruiting: Buckeyes Hold Advantage for Rising 4-Star RB

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2012

Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com
Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com

Urban Meyer enjoys early commitments as much as the next coach, but a lack of early commitments doesn't scare him in the least.

Outside of possibly Nick Saban, nobody can flip a recruit better than the new head honcho at "The" Ohio State University.

His 2013 class already has 12 commits, but it's far from being complete. Meyer worked some magic to land players he wanted/needed last year, but this year he has a full offseason to do what he does best.

One of the things he'll need to address in Columbus is the running back position, which is typically played by hybrid players in his system.

The 2012 class consisted of only one 4-star back and one 3-star back, and so far this year he's landed just one 4-star commit at the position in Ezekiel Elliott of St. Louis, Missouri. The Buckeyes also landed Middletown, Ohio athlete Jalin Marshall who is the ideal hybrid player. He plays quarterback for his high school, but could play a number of positions including running back and wide receiver at the next level.

In short, this program is still hunting for running backs and they could find one in David Williams, a 4-star talent from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

According to Brian Dohn of Scout.com, Williams recently took a tour of three southern schools—Tennessee, N.C. State and South Carolina—and has announced his unofficial top 10.

Ohio State are not only one of the top 10 schools, but they're also one of the schools recruiting him the hardest and he plans to visit on July 27th.

Williams told Dohn that he isn't close to making a decision, meaning he's holding out until at least his first visit to Columbus which also happens to be the last visit he has scheduled before his senior season starts.

Leaving the door open for Urban Meyer is like inviting the fox into the hen house.

Williams is a 6'1", 185-pounder with sub-4.5 40-yard dash speed and the potential to contribute in both the run and pass games. If he goes to Ohio State without any true favorite he'll almost assuredly come away from Columbus leaning towards the Buckeyes.

Ohio State has the second least amount of commits in the early 2013 class rankings for Top 10 teams (they trail USC's stacked class of nine) but they'll storm into the Top Five when it matters most. Don't be surprised if David Williams is part of that group.