The Ohio State football team started fall camp last week as one former highly touted player has switched position rooms.
The Ohio State football team started fall camp last Thursday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. One former top safety recruit has switched positions to linebacker over the summer. Kourt Williams, a former four-star recruit from St. John Bosco High School in California is now playing linebacker for Jim Knowles and James Laurenitis.
This will be Williams’ fourth season in the program after having three injury-riddled seasons trying to get on the field as a safety. He was once upon a time the next up-and-coming player in the safeties room, but injuries have derailed a once-promising career. Williams had an ACL tear as a freshman followed by two torn labrums in both shoulders. Terribly unlucky.
Williams said this after practice last Thursday, via Eleven Warriors:
"“It was an idea that I brought to the coaches. I thought about it, prayed about it for a while. Just thinking about the next level, I think it’ll be a good move for me.”"
It’s good that Williams is taking such a positive attitude toward the change. Things were not working out for him at safety, but Williams is still highly athletic and has the size and frame to be a solid linebacker for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes are pretty loaded in the two-deep at safety with Latham Ransom, Ja’Had Carter, Cam Martinez, Sonny Styles, and Josh Proctor all ahead of Williams on the depth chart. This move certainly gives Ohio State another option to get more athletes on the field while also providing Williams with an opportunity to play.
Williams still has three years of college eligibility left with the 2020 extra eligibility season, and this position switch will give Williams a shot at starting next season with the likelihood of Steele Chambers and Tommy Eichenberg leaving for the NFL.