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Analyzing impact of Miyan Williams committing to Ohio State

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Miyan Williams committed to Ohio State following the Buckeyes 28-17 win over Penn State. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Analyzing impact of Miyan Williams committing to Ohio State

COLUMBUS — Cincinnati Winton Woods running back Miyan Williams had waited more than two months after getting an Ohio State scholarship offer to visit the Buckeyes.

He waited just about two hours following the end of that long-awaited visit to commit to Ohio State.

A 3-star tailback who had been committed to Iowa State since July, Williams flipped his verbal to Ohio State on Saturday and brings some relief to what has been an exhaustive, and at times frustrating, cycle of running back recruiting for the Buckeyes.

Now Williams is in the Buckeyes recruiting class — officially. What does that mean for Ohio State?

Lettermen Row has all the angles on the southeast Ohio standout and what his commitment means to the Buckeyes, the Big Ten and more.

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Miyan Williams stars at Cincinnati Winton Woods High School. (Miyan Williams/Twitter)

What Miyan Williams gives Ohio State on the field

The Buckeyes have been searching for months for a tailback to fit their offensive system. The big, bruising Williams does just that.

After rushing for more than 5,000 yards for the Winton Woods Warriors, Williams will bring a ferocious running style in a very diminutive package to Ohio State. At just 5-foot-9 and at more than 210-pounds, he’s a pinball disguised in a bowling ball’s body.

Williams isn’t going to be the biggest guy on the field or the fastest. But he’s a reliable, consistent every-down running back who plays physical and runs hard. A perfect combination to complement the young stable Ohio State will trot out in 2020 and beyond.

What pickup means for Ohio State 2020 recruiting class

Commitment No. 25 in the Class of 2020 for the Buckeyes, Williams extends Ohio State’s lead as the Big Ten’s best class.

That’s important, but what’s most critical is that Williams finally answers the questions at running back for the Buckeyes, who have been all over the country this cycle looking for someone at the position. And though his national ranking (No. 43-ranked tailback) isn’t going to appease star-gazers, he’s a player that a number of people inside of the Ohio State program have coveted for months and is considered a big-time prospect by the Buckeyes.

Ohio State is likely to lose J.K. Dobbins to the NFL following the season and had, for some time, considered taking two running backs in this class. But as Master Teague, Marcus Crowley and Steele Chambers have emerged, that need has dissipated. Barring something unexpected happening from here, Williams is likely to the lone running back to sign with Ohio State next month.

Williams becomes the sixth Buckeyes verbal in the Class of 2020 from Cincinnati, joining Paris Johnson, Jakob James, Joe Royer, Darrion Henry and Jake Seibert.

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AZ Buckeye

A little concerned about his speed but, if the coaching staff is all-in on him…fine with me!

Brunstar
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I’m glad he’s staying home. Congrats Miyan!

Brian yakata
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Brian yakata

Good insurance pick up. Tough hope he can block, pass pro may be a problem because of his height. Still looking for a hail mary- bijan.

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Chargerbuck

“Sixth recruit from Cincinnati in the 2020 class”….

That’s saying something!

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Brunstar

Ohio running backs are underrated. Welcome home Miyan Williams!

Brian yakata
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Brian yakata

Good pick up if he can block. I like his toughness. Pass pro could be a problem because of his height.

Ben
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Ben

we shouldn’t have to pretend to be excited about this. yes, he could develop into a great player and prove me wrong, but I’m guessing there’s a reason he wasn’t plan a…or b…or c. this was an objectively bad cycle for tony alford.

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Kid Buckeye

Not sold on 3 stars but some will give me examples of 3 stars making a big splash and I will give more examples of 3 stars that didn’t make a splash. Time will tell

Thomas Guba
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Thomas Guba

Remember A.J. Hawk.. 2*.. All American!

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Nick Mangold, three star, 0.8333 rating.
Malcolm Jenkins, three star, 0.8333 rating.
Bradley Roby, three star, 0.8653 rating.

Birm

Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for elevenwarriors.com and Landof10.com and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.

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