January 4, 2012
Williams meets with Vrabel
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With the dead period now over, the Ohio State coaching staff is back on the road as they try and put the finishing touches on an outstanding 2012 recruiting haul. One of the biggest remaining targets for the Buckeyes is West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial linebacker Camren Williams. The four-star prospect hosted Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel on Wednesday evening for an in-home visit.
"(Coach Vrabel) came to the house tonight," explained Williams. "Really at this point, I've seen a lot of Ohio State and I've really investigated into the school a lot. Right now I'm just continuing to build a relationship with the coaching staff, coach Vrabel, coach (Luke) Fickell, and coach (Urban) Meyer."
"We really didn't even talk that much about Ohio State," Williams continued. "It was mainly just hanging out with each other. He did touch on the coaching staff and say that he was coaching the D-Line and coach Fickell was going to coach the linebackers so that was good to know. It's mainly just hanging out with at this point and just keeping up the relationship and everything."
From knowing Vrabel for years to having a brother that played for new co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers, Williams has become very comfortable with the defensive coaching staff that Ohio State has assembled.
"I'm definitely comfortable," he said. "I know they're going to be very successful. Coach Vrabel is a developing coach and he's going to be around great coaches, but he obviously had a great career in the NFL so he knows a lot of tricks of the trade that will really help out players. Coach Fickell obviously has a huge reputation for developing linebackers when he was the linebackers coach in the past at Ohio State and I do know coach Withers. He recruited my brother and he was the interim head coach at North Carolina so I only know great things about him. It's definitely a plus being so comfortable with the coaching staff."
The plan for Williams in January has always been to visit Penn State the weekend of January 13th before making a return trip to Columbus for an unofficial visit. That plan remains intact for Williams and his family.
"We talked about that with coach Vrabel a little bit," he explained. "We talked about when a good time to visit would be. He talked about going on a visit later on in January because there's a big basketball game and he wanted me to get a feel for the basketball program and more of a feel for the campus and the whole program. It's probably going to be January 20th or 28th I would assume."
Another important factor for the return trip is to allow Williams' mother to check out Columbus and provide her input before a final decision is made.
"It's very important," Williams said. "My Mom is a huge part of this experience and she sees things that me and my Dad don't see. She sees things from a motherly standpoint and she looks a lot deeper into how people will take care of me and less into the football program which is obviously what me and my Dad see. She's already seen Penn State numerous times so in order for me to keep Ohio State up there and be able to compare both Ohio State and Penn State evenly, I definitely need to bring my Mom down and have her give her opinion on the school as well."
Williams' visit with Vrabel comes right on the heels of the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, of which Williams was an eager participant.
"It was wonderful," Williams said. "The weather was great, we were right in downtown Phoenix and it was a real nice city. The Hyatt hotel was beautiful and just the whole military experience was really touching. To see actual generals and majors and sergeants and all of the high name guys in the military, it was just a real good experience. I got a lot to take back from it."
Practicing against some of the top competition in the nation was one of the highlights of the week for the athletic linebacker.
"The practices were really cool," he said. "They were really laid back and we got to really compete with each other. It was just a really good experience to see where I was at football-wise to go against some great big offensive linemen and having to hit them and run around them and tackle some big running backs. It was good to practice against all-americans."
Another added thrill was playing on TV in front of all of the cameras.
"The game was real cool," he said. "It was just a cool experience being on national television. The commercial timeouts and the cameras and the big screen in the stadium, it was just real cool."
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