Football Recruiting

Linebacker Kourt Williams Commits To Ohio State

Ohio State football recruiting Kourt Williams

California is suddenly turning into a very fertile recruiting ground for Ohio State.

Linebacker Kourt Williams, a 4-star prospect from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California, just committed to the Buckeyes. That’s the same program that produced OSU’s starting right guard Wyatt Davis. Williams released his commitment video via YouTube.

Williams, like Davis, is considered one of the top players in the nation at his position. He is rated the No. 12 outside linebacker in the 2020 class, and the 162nd-best player overall.

Williams chose the Buckeyes over offers from schools like Oklahoma, Alabama, Penn State, Georgia, Oregon, and Michigan, as well as in-state UCLA and USC.

He plays both linebacker and strong safety for his high school team, which could make him a possible candidate for the Bullet position with the Buckeyes. However, at 6-foot-1 and 216 lbs, he may quickly outgrow that spot and turn into a pure linebacker.

His highlight reel showcases an intriguing mixture of big hits, sure tackling, quick reactions, and good discipline. Williams doesn’t go for a kill-shot with every tackle like many highlight-hungry players do. For instance, at 0:31, watch how he reads the handoff, gets outside to set the edge, and forces the ballcarrier back inside.

He appears comfortable covering backs out of the backfield, and reads screens well.

His physical abilities and football smarts have drawn a lot of attention on the all-star circuit as well. He was invited to both the Rivals Five-Star Challenge and The Opening finals. In February, he was timed running a 4.60 40-yard dash.

Williams is just the latest prospect to join the Buckeyes from the Golden State. Walk-on quarterback J.P. Andrade arrived on campus this summer as part of the 2019 class. Before him, wide receiver Chris Olave was an instant-impact player in the class of 2018, and Davis was a 5-star addition to the offensive line room in 2017.

Ohio State now has 22 commitments in the 2020 recruiting class.

You can watch Williams’ junior season highlights below.

3 Responses

  1. Bottom line: If Ryan Day gets it done ON the field, there will be no dropoff in the quality of Ohio State football. This may be a bit premature, but I believe we have a diamond in the rough close to full development in Day.

  2. Lord have mercy because the Buckeye staff is slaying it on the recruiting train. Kourt Williams is a FANTASTIC football player. This young man is an athletic phenom and he breaks plays done consistently prior to the snap and just makes plays all over the place.

    He’s a great piece to build an entire linebacking corp around. Put him alongside Cade Stover and some of the what will be “old guys” like Teradja Mitchell and Dallas Gant and K’Vaughn Pope……rotations about. By year 2 at Ohio State he’ll be a good candidate for the Bullet position or at SAM.

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