Eric Glover-Williams Becomes King of 2015
By Michael Chung
With less than one week before kick-off and five to six months until National Signing Day 2014, Urban Meyer has wasted no time in starting his class for 2015 and it has begun with a sonic boom.
Eric Glover-Williams of Canton McKinley HS in Canton, Ohio, became the first pledge for Urban Meyer and the 2015 class. King Eric now has almost a year and half to recruit others to follow him and 2015 will be loaded for Ohio according to the-Ozone contributor John McAlister who specializes in high school football talent in Ohio.
Glover-Williams told ESPN’s Brad Bournival “I picked Ohio State because I see it kind of like how I see Canton McKinley and Massillon in high school," Glover-Williams said. "Going to college and playing for Ohio State -- Michigan is one of the biggest rivalries in the nation. I just wanted to be a part of that. When I left there, I felt like I was at home, so it was easy. It was Ohio State over everybody."
He goes on to tell Bournival “It means a lot to me, to come in and help them build Ohio State toward winning a national championship," Glover-Williams said. "It's great. Most definitely I'll be involved in recruiting, I want the best of the best to come to Ohio State. I'll get the best players I can to Ohio State . . . I want to go and help the team wherever I can fit in whether it's a wide receiver, defensive back or special teams," Glover-Williams said. "I'm just happy to be at Ohio State."
Glover-Williams was offered in Dec. 2012 so the Buckeyes have targeted him for a long time. Eric stands 5’11” and weighs 165 lbs. and has a 4-star ranking from 24/7, Scout, and ESPN. Rivals have not yet ranked him.
It was recorded in the annals of Ohio State Friday Night Lights history that Glover-Williams had an epic battle with 2014 CB commit Damon Webb. Webb had nothing but praise for his FNL’s foe. He called him a competitor who does not back down from anybody and even called out Webb during the evening, which impressed Damon. Webb has been blanketing 2014’s best but his match-up with the 2015 superstar was every bit as challenging as anyone Webb has faced in the 2014 class. Now the two will renew their rivalry every week during football season on the practice field and it will certainly help both.
Golver-Williams’ father told Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch “He’s fast, quick, agile – just a speedster,” Glover-Williams’ father, Jerry Williams, said. “He ran a 4.3-something at Ohio State’s camp.”
With Urban Meyer already having three speedsters for 2014 in Curtis Samuel, Terry McLaurin, and Parris Campbell, he is salivating already for 2015 having added someone who has been clocked at sub 4.4. Glover-Williams will be playing on either side of the ball, at h-back, slot receiver, or defensive back.
The Buckeyes beat out fellow B1G schools Michigan, Michigan State, and Nebraska in addition to West Virginia (his dad’s alma mater), Arkansas, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Pitt, Tennessee, and notably Oregon. One always wants to recruit head-to-head against the Ducks because they know a thing or two about players at the “speed” positions. The Buckeyes are already drawing rave reviews from former Duck commit Dontre Wilson and look for more rave reviews in two years from Glover-Williams.
With the 2013 season about to kick-off, a #2 ranking and a solid foundation for the 2014 class with 17 commits, Buckeye fans now have something to cheer about for 2015. The 2015 train has just left the station and will move down the 2015 recruiting class tracks really fast. And the train has a great conductor in Eric Glover-Williams.