Under The Helmet With Eric Glover-Williams
By Craig Henman with Michael Chung and Tony Gerdeman
Jim Tressel was known for wanting to put a fence around Ohio and keeping all of the state's best talent at home. Urban Meyer, meanwhile, has branched out a bit wider of late, but the fence around Ohio will always be of the utmost importance to the program. With that in mind, landing one of the top in-state players in the class of 2015 before the class of 2014 is even finalized is always a welcome strategy for Buckeye recruiting.
Committed since late August, Eric Glover-Williams dazzled a few thousand Buckeye fans at Ohio State's Friday Night Lights camp back in July when he and 2014 cornerback commit Damon Webb went toe to toe in several one-on-one battles. Now, however, Glover-Williams is back to battling his old high school foes, and he's doing pretty well.
Nicknamed “Superman”, Canton McKinley's Glover-Williams (5-11 165) does it all for his football team. In an effort to get the ball into his hands as much as possible, Glover-Williams plays quarterback for the Bulldogs, but his future could be at running back, receiver or even cornerback.
Through three games, McKinley is undefeated and Glover-Williams has rushed for 398 yards and six touchdowns. He is clearly another in a long line of McKinley greats. In fact, one of those Bulldog greats has formed a special bond with Glover-Williams.
“My dad and Mike (Doss) played on the same high school team at McKinley,” he said. “Mike and I call each other cousins because we’re so close. He gives me advice and guidance.”
Doss was a three-time All-American and a national champion at Ohio State. If Glover-Williams can accomplish a fraction of that, both he and Buckeye fans should be quite happy. Those accolades may one day come, but Glover-Williams isn't out seeking the attention.
“It doesn’t really matter,” he said. “I like to just fly under the radar and lay low. I don’t need to be in the spotlight.”
Try as he might, however, the spotlight is where he keeps ending up.
Despite the attention, Glover-Williams remains focused on the task at hand. And for any McKinley Bulldog, that task also includes a win over Massillon.
“The rivalry between McKinley and Massillon is a big reason,” he said of his decision to choose the Buckeyes.
“I love the rivalry and I want the same type of rivalry in college with Ohio State and Michigan.”
Those desires should be easily filled, and in order to be on the winning end of his future rivalry, he is currently doing his best to help bring even more talent to Columbus.
“Marshon Lattimore in the class of 2014 and Jashon Cornell in the class of 2015,” he said when asked to name a couple of recruits that he is working on.
“Jashon is a defensive end from Minnesota. I met Jashon in Michigan at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp. I talk to him a lot. Marshon and I have camped together and we stay pretty close. Ohio State is in the top 5 for Marshon, but I don’t know where he is leaning.”
Cornell just happens to be the number one player in the nation according to ESPN and has offers from nearly every major program in the nation. Lattimore, a senior at Cleveland Glenville, is arguably the top player in Ohio. Both would be welcome additions to the Buckeye program and Glover-Williams is doing what he can to make that happen.
While he is recruiting several prospects to join him at Ohio State, other schools are still recruiting him just as hard as they were before he was committed to the Buckeyes. Oregon and Auburn continue to call, and others will join them all the way up until the 2014 signing day.
Until then, he has the rest of his high school football career ahead of him. When he finally does put on the Scarlet and Gray, what position might he occupy?
“Wherever they need me to play,” he said.
“I’m just going to work hard to keep Ohio State a nationally known football team.”