COLUMBUS — Ohio State is right back in business on the defensive line: 4-star tackle Tyleik Williams has committed to the Buckeyes.
After a brief setback following the recent decommitment of Tunmise Adeleye, the program responded with another solid addition to boost its top-ranked 2021 recruiting class.
Little has been written about Williams since being offered by Ohio State in April. But communication between the touted prospect and Larry Johnson has been consistent ever since. Johnson has spearheaded the recruitment for the Buckeyes from the start, and now Ryan Day, the rest of the Ohio State staff and the other commits will get to know Virginia’s No. 4-ranked prospect.
Lettermen Row is analyzing the announcement by Tyleik Williams, what his commitment means to Ohio State, the Big Ten and the national recruiting scene for the Class of 2021. Let’s get to know a bit more about the young defensive tackle prospect from Manassas powerhouse Unity Reed High School.
What Tyleik Williams gives Ohio State on field
Williams has prototypical size for a defensive tackle and is able to combine that bulk — almost 6-foot-4 and 320-pounds — with quick feet that are atypical for a player of his age. Williams is better than average at using his hands to get off of blocks, but he will need to work on staying low as he grows into becoming a Big Ten-level defender.
What’s most interesting about his frame is that Williams looks to carry his current weight pretty easily and should have no problem redistributing the weight and reshaping his body to hold 20 or 25 more pounds without a problem.
This is a guy with the size and potential to become a big-time, Big Ten player — especially when he gets into a college weight room. There’s a lot of upside here.
What pickup means for Ohio State 2021 recruiting class
The Buckeyes lost a commitment from one of the country’s best defensive line prospects earlier this month. But as usual, Larry Johnson and Ohio State were ready to move on to another high-quality prospect.
The addition of Tyleik Williams gives Johnson and the Buckeyes three defensive line commitments and two pure tackles in a class that likely needs to add another edge rusher or a combination-type prospect like 5-star prospect J.T. Tuimoloau. Williams is the Buckeyes second commitment from Virginia in the Class of 2021, though neither he nor TreVeyon Henderson have made a visit to Ohio State at this point.
Ohio State is still pursuing other defensive tackles in 2021 as well, with the focus remaining on Tywone Malone and the aforementioned Tuimoloau. With Williams in the fold, though, there’s a bit of leeway for Johnson and the Buckeyes if one or both of those players ends up elsewhere.
How Tyleik Williams impacts the 2021 recruiting rankings
Ohio State has had the country’s top-ranked recruiting class for much of the 2021 cycle, but its lead over the second-place team has never been as razor-thin as it is now. The addition of Willliams helps separate the Buckeyes from Alabama just a bit. Each school has 19 commitments, and the latest pickup sends Ohio State back over the always important 300-point threshold on the 247Sports.com rankings.
The Buckeyes are hoping to hold off Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma and everyone else for the school’s first recruiting “championship” since 2008. Ohio State has one of the best classes in history in its sights and needs a strong finish to hold off the recruiting powerhouses of the SEC, ACC and Big 12.
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