Football Recruiting

Ohio Running Back Miyan Williams Commits to Ohio State

Ohio State recruiting Miyan Williams

Cincinnati Winton Woods running back Miyan Williams has committed to Ohio State.

He announced the commitment via Twitter.

Williams (5-10 215) is a 3-star prospect and ranked the No. 43 running back in nation and the No. 618 player overall per the 247Sports Composite.

He is also ranked the No. 18 player in the state of Ohio.

Williams took an unofficial visit to Ohio State for the Penn State game this weekend and clearly enjoyed what he saw.

Williams committed to Iowa State on the fourth of July this past summer, and also held offers from Michigan, Cincinnati, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Purdue, Kentucky, and others.

The runner up to the 2018 Mr. Football last year — Ohio State freshman linebacker Cade Stover won the award — Williams was a First-Team All-State selection in 2018 following a season where he rushed for over 2,800 yards. He is a four-year starter for Winton Woods.

Here is a scouting report on Williams from Ohio high school scout John McCallister, who runs the McCallister Scouting Report.

Powerful north/south runner with deceptive speed. Good initial quickness. Avoids first tackler. Good run vision. More of a power runner with good balance. Durable. Finishes plays. Gives excellent effort. Breaks tackles. Like his toughness and physicality. Changes direction and will get better. Needs to keep working on speed. Needs to find a 5th gear, but fast enough. Will block. Has 2nd gear. More of inside runner. Top end speed is one of his few weaknesses. A top 5 MSR running back in the Class of 2020.

The commitment calms the waters for the Buckeyes at running back in the 2020 recruiting class. It has been an eventful 12 months as Urban Meyer and then Ryan Day — along with running backs coach Tony Alford — have searched for tailbacks in this cycle.

The Buckeyes landed a commitment from Arizona running back Darvon Hubbard in July of 2018, but when Urban Meyer stepped down, Ohio State and Hubbard decided to go in different directions. He decommitted this past February.

The Buckeyes then became the odds-on favorites for 5-star Arizona running back Bijan Robinson and 4-star Florida running back Jaylan Knighton. Robinson decided to stay closer to home, committing to Texas, and Knighton did the same, committing to Florida State for a while.

Earlier this summer, Ryan Day said Ohio State didn’t have a spot for a running back, but that clearly changed after JK Dobbins started cranking out 150 yards rushing per week and began looking like the future-NFL back that he resembled as a true freshman.

OSU offered Williams in late September.

Here are Miyan Williams’ junior highlights.

[Miyan Williams photo courtesy Miyan Williams/Twitter. | Ohio State Buckeyes]

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