August 30, 2010
Hazell: Williams could be 'great'
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Excitement is high when it comes to many of the new guys that should see action this season for the Ohio State football team but there is a level of excitement about a player who likely won't see any snaps this season with freshman wide receiver Ty Williams. The 6-foot-7 wideout out of East Cleveland (Ohio) Shaw high school was lightly recruited by most programs but the Buckeyes may have gotten one of the biggest steals of the year with the Northeastern Ohio star.
"He is going to be spectacular, spectacular... maybe one of the best guys to come out of here," Ohio State wide receiver coach Darrell Hazell said. "I really believe that and I have never seen a 6-foot-7 guy drop his hips and change directions like that. He plays at 6-7 and he doesn't play at 6-2 and he can run."
There are few teams that can boast a player like that and don't expect Ohio State to be getting Williams to the field all that fast. Slow and steady may be the best course of action with this one.
"He doesn't know anything about the game yet so he is learning the game but he is going to be a phenom," Hazell said. "I love him."
Williams had to deal with injury while playing for Shaw and hasn't had much in the way of playing time due to it. Shaw's facilities are also lacking as with many inner city schools but there is no denying that the diamond in the rough is there and the Ohio State coaches are bound and determined to mine it for all that it is worth.
"He is a long ways away in terms of learning the game but as for physical ability, when he learns it all, he's different." Hazell said.
The Buckeyes are in good shape at receiver with the tandem of DeVier Posey and Dane Sanzenbacher with senior Taurian Washington emerging as the No. 3 guy. Corey Brown (Philly Brown) and Chris Fields are right in the mix too for playing time. With all of this talent there is no premium in trying to rush the path to the field for Williams.
"Right now we will see how he develops and them make a decision about where to go," Hazell said. "But he is going to be a guy... you are going to love him, you are going to love him."
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