Urban Meyer saw enough in Eric Glover-Williams to make him a priority in Ohio State’s 2015 recruiting class long before the talented athlete of Canton McKinley proved his worth during this past summer’s camp circuit.
After Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights camp on July 26, everyone else did, too.
Matched up in one-on-one drills against perhaps the top performer of the camp – four-star cornerback Damon Webb of Detroit Cass Technical – Glover-Williams’ speed and athleticism still shined through.
That’s probably why the 5-10, 165-pounder has offers from Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and West Virginia this early in his recruiting process.
“I thought I did pretty well out there,” Glover-Williams told BSB. “I have just been focused on getting better and showing my skills when I am out there playing in these camps. The atmosphere was great, and I had a lot of fun competing.”
Though Webb won most of the battles against Glover-Williams, the OSU commitment only gave his overall camp performance a grade of “B-” because Glover-Williams beat him multiple times.
But that doesn’t mean Webb is taking anything away from his opponent.
“He’s definitely a great receiver, one of the tops in the country probably, but I didn’t want to lose and I expect to win these reps,” Webb said. “He’s going to be a great receiver, and he’s quick and can catch the ball. I definitely want to see him as a Buckeye. I spoke to him, and my dad and I spoke to his parents about playing here.”
Glover-Williams provided a top five of Ohio State, Tennessee, Michigan, Nebraska and Louisville in late June, and he told BSB that nothing has changed with that list in the time since.
However, he said the Friday Night Lights display was yet another reason for the Buckeyes to stay atop his list.
“It was a great experience for a camp – I can only imagine what it would be like to play in that stadium for a real game in front of all the fans,” Glover-Williams said. “My school, we have a big rivalry, too, so I am used to a lot of fans. The whole night was pretty great.”
Glover-Williams, who played quarterback for McKinley a year ago but expects to play more running back and receiver this fall, said he enjoyed being personally coached by Ohio State assistants.
The biggest aspect of the game he said he’s working on is gaining a better understanding of how to make an impact despite not receiving snaps on every play. Though he may not be playing quarterback for McKinley as much this year, he understands he has to learn to play other positions for college.
Glover-Williams expects to make a decision next fall, and a lot can change in a year’s time. However, the speedster wasn’t bashful in admitting that Ohio State will be there at the end when it is time to make a decision.
“I feel like Ohio State is great,” he said. “It is just like Canton McKinley. We play Massillon and that’s the greatest rivalry, and then you come to Ohio State and they have the Michigan game. It is kind of the same thing, just a bigger McKinley.
“They have told me I am a priority in the 2015 class, and it is a big process for me as I talk to my parents about when I should commit and where the best fit for me is. I am just working on that and working on the season.”
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