Ohio State Recruiting: Like many transfers, this one simply makes sense

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 02: Running back J.K. Dobbins
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 02: Running back J.K. Dobbins /

Another player is transferring from the Ohio State football program. It is a good decision by Antonio Williams as he was in a loaded RB unit.

Antonio Williams has decided to leave the Ohio State football program thinning out the running back room for the moment. However, his transfer just makes sense and is probably a good decision for the young man.

It also shows how big time college football works at it’s best.

So often when a player leaves a football program like Ohio State, fans accuse the coaching staff of pushing him down the road. After studying these situations for many years, I believe most of the time coaches allow the player to see the writing on the wall so he can make the best decision for himself.

Williams was a part of a loaded running back unit, with two 1,000 yard rushers ahead of him on the depth chart and talented backs in his rear view mirror. And recent events may have convinced him there was a very good possibility he was never going to become a featured back if he stayed at Ohio State.

J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber weren’t being used extensively during the spring practices so Williams and Master Teague each got a significant number of reps. Both were praised by the coaching staff and each had strong spring games.

Williams will be entering his third year of college while Teague was just getting his feet wet as an early enrollee. Don’t you think Williams took that into consideration.

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Then there is Brian Snead, the No. 3 running back in the 2018 recruiting class, who will be enrolling in June. Another top 10 RB Sampson James is committed to the 2019 class. And if Urban Meyer chooses to keep Steele Chambers on offense, that would be two outstanding backs in the class.

After reading the tea leaves Williams decided to transfer, and good for him as he will be playing for the University of North Carolina. Whether or not he will find a better situation there as far as playing time is concerned, who knows? But he probably will, and at the very least he will be playing close to home as Williams is from New London, NC.

Like many transfers, this one turned out to be a win-win situation for everyone concerned. Urban Meyer is one notch closer to getting down to the 85 scholarship limit. Williams more than likely will see playing time during his final two years of eligibility after he sits out one season.

I know there will be fans of other teams who will get on their high horses saying Urban Meyer pushed the running back out of the program. They usually come out of hiding and throw accusations around whenever a guy leaves the Ohio State football team.

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But players transfer from every college football program and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In Williams’ case, it simply makes sense.