Sometimes in recruiting, the hardest thing to overcome, no matter how hard a school tries, is location. You can’t change where your school is, or where a recruit is, and ultimately, that usually matters more than almost anything else. In the case of Pickerington North product Alex Williams, that exact scenario led to today’s decommitment, as Ohio State extended an offer very recently, and despite an impressive effort from Dana Holgorsen, the Mountaineers just couldn’t keep Williams away from the hometown school. The decommitment was announced (prematurely) by Alex’s high school, through a press release.
Pickerington North three-star defensive end Alex Williams will sign with Ohio State on Wednesday despite commitment to West Virginia. https://t.co/d9NtbXvH4j
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) December 19, 2017
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Williams’ decommitment leaves West Virginia with 20 members in their 2018 class, and while he hasn’t officially decommitted yet (as I mentioned, the school released the information without permission) he will be signing with Ohio State tomorrow. West Virginia still has three defensive linemen committed, in fellow end Dante Stills and tackles James Gmiter and Tyrese Allen, but would like to add another end before February. Despite that desire, it’s unlikely that the Mountaineers actually add another end.
Williams, who originally committed to West Virginia back in May, had all but shut down his recruitment until very recently. He had an outstanding senior season, and while he had turned down all other schools, expressed interest in the hometown Buckeyes when they reached out. After Brenton Cox decommitted from Ohio State, Urban Meyer made it clear that Williams was a priority, and the chance to play close to home was just too much for Williams to pass up. It’s hard to fault a recruit for wanting to play for the team he grew up watching.