Saturday, January 21, 2012
CM's Williams: 'Fell in love' with Ohio St.
By Brendan Hall
BOSTON -- We caught up with Catholic Memorial linebacker Cam Williams this afternoon at the Knights' basketball game at Boston Latin School, where he was watching his close friend Armani Reeves help the Knights to a winning cause.
Williams, a 2011 ESPNBoston All-State selection, verbally committed to Ohio State yesterday afternoon. He initially committed to Penn State last spring, but re-opened his recruitment in the wake of the scandal with former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky that led to the firing of legendary head coach Joe Paterno.
The Buckeyes were among the first on the scene following the end of the Knights' football season; the day after the MIAA Super Bowls concluded at Gillette Stadium, Buckeyes assistant coaches Mike Vrabel and Luke Fickell were at the West Roxbury school to meet with Williams.
On visiting Columbus this week, his second unofficial visit to the campus in as many months: "It was a great visit. We got to look at everything again. My mom came down for the first time, and I was really looking forward to just getting her on campus, and she could give me the input. I really liked it the first time (in December), so I just got to see what she thought of the school academically, athletically, what she thought of the coaches and everything. She loved it, I fell in love with the school again, and I knew it was the place for me."
Selling points of OSU: "Just the environment, how they feel about me and the opportunity to play early. They need linebackers really bad. Not including my freshman class, they're going to have five linebackers on scholarship, so they need me to play right away. Just keeping that in mind, and knowing that it's Ohio State football, Urban Meyer's one of the best coaches in college football, and being able to play early, play under him, and then get a great education -- they have one of the best kinesiology schools in the country, and great facilities -- it was just the best of both worlds. It was a perfect fit."
What Urban Meyer told him to expect: "He said it's going to be tough. Mickey Marotti is the highest-paid strength and conditioning coach in the country, and he's going to work you. He's going to get my body into the best shape that I could possibly be in, and really maximize my potential. It's going to be tough, but it's going to be a fun ride, and we're going to win a National Championship with the players that are around me, and the defensive linemen that are around me. So it's going to be a real good environment."
On if he will be redshirting: "No, they told me already that I can't. They don't have enough bodies, so I will play right away. It's a good opportunity."
What he'll be doing from now until he reports to campus in June: "Working out with my trainer, Brian McDonough, who trains 17 of the Patriots during the offseason. During the lockout, he trained Brandon Spikes, Jerod Mayo, Pat Chung, Wes Welker, [Danny] Woodhead, all those guys. He's a real good trainer, he's going to talk to coach Marotti and get the system going, get to know what he's doing up at Ohio State so my transition to the strength program will be a lot [easier]."