Analyzing impact of Miyan Williams committing to Ohio State

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COLUMBUS — Cincinnati Winton Woods running back Miyan Williams had waited more than two months after getting an Ohio State scholarship offer to visit the Buckeyes.

He waited just about two hours following the end of that long-awaited visit to commit to Ohio State.

A 3-star tailback who had been committed to Iowa State since July, Williams flipped his verbal to Ohio State on Saturday and brings some relief to what has been an exhaustive, and at times frustrating, cycle of running back recruiting for the Buckeyes.

Now Williams is in the Buckeyes recruiting class — officially. What does that mean for Ohio State?

Lettermen Row has all the angles on the southeast Ohio standout and what his commitment means to the Buckeyes, the Big Ten and more.

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Miyan Williams stars at Cincinnati Winton Woods High School. (Miyan Williams/Twitter)

What Miyan Williams gives Ohio State on the field

The Buckeyes have been searching for months for a tailback to fit their offensive system. The big, bruising Williams does just that.

After rushing for more than 5,000 yards for the Winton Woods Warriors, Williams will bring a ferocious running style in a very diminutive package to Ohio State. At just 5-foot-9 and at more than 210-pounds, he’s a pinball disguised in a bowling ball’s body.

Williams isn’t going to be the biggest guy on the field or the fastest. But he’s a reliable, consistent every-down running back who plays physical and runs hard. A perfect combination to complement the young stable Ohio State will trot out in 2020 and beyond.

What pickup means for Ohio State 2020 recruiting class

Commitment No. 25 in the Class of 2020 for the Buckeyes, Williams extends Ohio State’s lead as the Big Ten’s best class.

That’s important, but what’s most critical is that Williams finally answers the questions at running back for the Buckeyes, who have been all over the country this cycle looking for someone at the position. And though his national ranking (No. 43-ranked tailback) isn’t going to appease star-gazers, he’s a player that a number of people inside of the Ohio State program have coveted for months and is considered a big-time prospect by the Buckeyes.

Ohio State is likely to lose J.K. Dobbins to the NFL following the season and had, for some time, considered taking two running backs in this class. But as Master Teague, Marcus Crowley and Steele Chambers have emerged, that need has dissipated. Barring something unexpected happening from here, Williams is likely to the lone running back to sign with Ohio State next month.

Williams becomes the sixth Buckeyes verbal in the Class of 2020 from Cincinnati, joining Paris Johnson, Jakob James, Joe Royer, Darrion Henry and Jake Seibert.

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