Ohio State Football: 2015 Commit Eric-Glover Williams' Offer Could Be Pulled

David Regimbal@davidreg412Featured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2014

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Eric Glover-Williams, expected to be the crown jewel of Urban Meyer's 2015 recruiting class, could be on the verge of losing his scholarship offer from Ohio State.

Glover-Williams, a 4-star athlete from McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio, became the first verbal pledge for the Buckeyes' 2015 class. According to Todd Porter of The Canton Rep, the Buckeyes are investigating "off-the-field issues" that could jeopardize the scholarship offer he accepted last August.

Porter's report didn't specify the issues Ohio State is investigating, and even Todd Filtz—Glover-Williams' coach at McKinley—isn't clear on the details.

"I have received text messages and I hear things as well, but I don't know what's official and what's not," Filtz, who has been out of town since the birth of his daughter last month, told Porter. "I haven't been in town to really know, so I'm not going to comment."

Glover-Williams plays quarterback for the McKinley Bulldogs, but he's projecting as either a cornerback or all-purpose back—a la Dontre Wilson—at the collegiate level.

The 5'11", 165-pound standout is the No. 65 overall prospect in the 247 Sports Composite ranking, the No. 6 cornerback and the No. 3 prospect in the state of Ohio.

Pulling Eric Glover-Williams' offer would be a tough blow to Ohio State's 2015 recruiting efforts.
Pulling Eric Glover-Williams' offer would be a tough blow to Ohio State's 2015 recruiting efforts.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Glover-Williams' commitment is an important one for the Buckeyes. Meyer's recruiting strategy at Ohio State is to secure the best in-state talent while poaching top recruits from around the country. Glover-Williams, as the first 2015 prospect to commit to Ohio State, looked to be the start of another top-flight class for the Buckeyes.

Whether he gets to keep the commitment he made will be determined by Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff once they're done looking into the situation. Via Porter's article, Meyer talked about the challenges of monitoring students' off-the-field activity.

When I first started 20 years ago, you didn't know much. You know everything now. I have people where it's their full-time jobs ... that's what they do. They monitor Facebook and Twitter and tweets and all that stuff. We have to find out — I want to know because we're held responsible for all those guys.

This is certainly unwelcome news for Meyer and the Buckeyes, specifically at the start of a long offseason. Ohio State has one other commit for the 2015 class in 4-star cornerback Jamel Dean, but his pledge wouldn't mask the loss of pulling Glover-Williams' offer.


All recruit rankings per 247Sports.com.

David Regimbal is the Ohio State Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. 
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