Midwest Recruiting Notebook

Nathan Williams

Ohio State and Michigan finished one and two in the Big Ten and the way the two schools are recruiting it looks as though neither are planning on moving from their perch. Iowa landed a pledge from a player with family ties as James Ferentz decided to stay at home and be a Hawkeye. Read about this and more in this week's Midwest Notebook.

Miami Trace (Ohio) defensive end/linebacker Nathan Williams made it no secret that he has wanted to become an Ohio State Buckeye and on Tuesday he got his chance and jumped at. During his visit to Ohio State over the weekend for the spring game Williams wasn't so sure it was going to happen.

"I didn't get a chance to speak to coach (Jim) Tressel much at the game," Williams said. "I did speak to (Jim) Heacock and he told me that he would be at my track meet on Tuesday. I have always hoped that they would offer me. Everytime I go there it was in the back of my mind wondering if they'd offer, but I had no clue it was coming.

"Heacock watched me at the track meet and he told my coach (Jeff Conroy) that (Jim) Tressel would text me when I got home. I kind of knew then that they might offer me. Later that night, Tressel sent me a text message asking me if I wanted to join the Buckeye family and I told him "Yes"."

With quite an impressive list of offers to choose from, one might think that Williams may have had some hesitation before making his decision.

"No, there was no hesitation" he said. "I always made it very clear to my parents, coaches and Ohio State that if they offered me I was committing. I had some great offers and I was happy with all the other schools, but OSU was always No. 1."

Michael Brewster
Michael Brewster, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive lineman from Edgewater High in Orlando, Fla., is one of the most highly recruited players in the entire nation. Before issuing a commitment to Ohio State he was considering offers from schools like Florida, USC, LSU and Georgia.

The original timetable for Brewster's commitment was sometime this fall, and he had even scheduled official visits to see some of his top schools, but a magical evening at dinner with some of the coaches and some of the recruits families provided the perfect opportunity to publicly announce his decision to play for the Buckeyes for the next four or five years.

"I just love everything about the college in general," Brewster said of his reasoning behind this weekend's pledge. "I just think that by making my commitment now, that I will be able to really help secure a great class for Ohio State. I have already been talking to some guys, but now that it is official it will be easier for them to buy in to that."

James Ferentz
James Ferentz, a 6-2, 250 pound OL/DL from Iowa City (Iowa) HS has given his verbal commitment to play for his father's team, the Iowa Hawkeyes. City High coach Dan Sabers took the time to talk about James and his commitment. "I've been at this for 25 years and I've told people before that he's the best lineman I've worked with directly," Sabers said of Ferentz. "We've had some good ones thorough the past but James is one of those guys that can take over a ball game, especially on the defensive side. People better be ready to double-team him, or they're going to pay the price for it." Sabers said that James has the talent to play either OL or DL, and that Iowa is looking at him for both positions. Kirk Ferentz has always talked about how he believes a lineman's skill isn't necessarily tied to his size or quickness, but his understanding of the game. James has both the size and knowledge to excel at the next level. "It's a combination," Sabers told Hawkeyenation.com "His savvy, he's well beyond his years for a high school player, as far as his savvy out there in the game. He understands the game, reacts to blocking, and his technique is awesome. His technique is ahead of the game. His overall strength is very impressive, but his leverage and technique are his real strong suits right now

Elliott Mealer
Wauseon, Ohio offensive lineman Elliott Mealer visited Ohio State for their spring game and was not offered by the Buckeyes, instead of waiting out the process any longer, Mealer decided to end his recruitment and commit to the Michigan Wolverines.

"I actually went down to Ohio State for the spring game and things down there didn't go great for me," Mealer told GoBlueWolverine moments after he pledged. "They went pretty good, but I think it was just more of a sign that Michigan was the place for me. I just got done committing to Coach Debord. I just told him."

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