Four-star California linebacker Kourt Williams has released his final five schools and the Buckeyes made the cut. Joining Ohio State were Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Tennessee, and Penn State. Williams released his top five via Twitter.
“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
It’s been a rollercoaster journey…but we’re just getting started..⏳#Top 5?
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— ⚡️Kourt Williams II⚡️ (@kourt22williams) June 28, 2019
Williams (6-1 216) attends St. John Bosco in Bellflower, California and is the No. 15 player in the state according to the 247Sports Composite. He also received offers from Miami, TCU, and Alabama last month.
Ranked the No. 12 outside linebacker in the 2020 class and the No. 170 player overall, there is some thought that Williams could fit in well at OSU’s Bullet position. In February, he ran a 4.60 40-yard dash, posted a 4.09 shuttle, and put up a 39-inch vertical at a Nike combine.
Williams took his official visit to Ohio State last weekend, which was his fifth-and-final official visit. He has already taken official visits to his four other finalists as well.
One of the reasons Williams is seen as a possibility at Bullet for the Buckeyes is because he plays close to the line of scrimmage as a strong safety on his high school defense. In fact, his role is similar to the walk-out linebacker that Ohio State utilized in Chris Ash’s defense a few years back.
Williams can often be found flexed out defending a slot receiver, but that doesn’t keep him from being heavily involved in stopping the run. Wherever he does end up on defense in college, his size and skill set make him an ideal defender against today’s spread offenses.
Next week, Williams will participate at The Opening Finals in Frisco, Texas. The event includes a combine portion where a player’s 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, powerball throw, and vertical jump are turned into a composite score. The better the numbers, the higher the score. Williams put together the second-highest rating in the nation during the spring and winter regional combines.