Eric Glover-Williams (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) knows all about the fact Ohio State has a chance to notch win No. 850 this season. He knows the Buckeyes are the favorite to win their 35th Big Ten title and, if the cards fall right, he knows an eighth national championship isn’t out of the question.
The ESPN Junior 300 athlete took pause after an improbable 13-10 win where his squad converted a fake field goal to win on the last play of the game, to look at Ohio State past, present and future.
Named the face of the 2015 recruiting class, the 29th-ranked junior in the nation pointed to the big numbers Ohio State has put up in the last 100 years and alluded to the fact it has had 78 consensus All-Americans and 369 first-team All-Big Ten picks as a big draw to become a Buckeye.
“You know you’re going to a place that always has a winning tradition and one that is known for winning championships and being in the big game,” Glover-Williams said. “They’re almost always great.”
But the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Glover-Williams wasn’t just talking about the teams of the past. Since he has been on the Buckeyes' radar the last 14 months, he has paid extra close attention to the school.
He saw a team bounce back from a 6-7 record in 2011 to become the only BCS team without a loss last season.
He knows the Buckeyes have won 18 games in a row and hold the nation’s longest winning streak among BCS teams with Alabama (10) its next closest threat.
He has also seen Ohio State hold on for wins against Wisconsin and Northwestern this season when both teams were nationally ranked.
“They can be great,” Eric Glover-Williams said. “I think they have a chance and I would like to see them play Alabama in the national championship. That’s something I hope I can see them do.
“Their success is all about the personnel on the field. They have to find whoever is clicking and keep doing what they do to win the game. I still think the same about Ohio State win or lose, but those games, they’re finding ways to win.”
While the Bulldogs standout loves to talk about Ohio State past and present, it only makes sense to talk about the future as he’s set to be a Buckeye in 2015.
Barring something strange happening, Glover-Williams knows players like Devin Smith and Braxton Miller will be out of the lineup at Ohio State when he gets there. That doesn’t mean the stable will be empty with J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones or Stephen Collier at quarterback.
It’s the wide receiver/athlete position that has Glover-Williams going crazy over the possibilities.
With Glover-Williams joining 2014 standouts Parris Campbell (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary), Lonnie Johnson (Gary, Ind./West Side), Malik Hooker (New Castle, Pa./New Castle), Terry McLaurin (Indianapolis/Cathedral), Curtis Samuel (Brooklyn, N.Y./Erasmus) and Noah Brown (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII) there’s speed to burn.
Add 2013 newcomers James Clark (New Smyrna Beach/New Smyrna Beach), Dontre Wilson (Desoto, Texas/DeSoto), Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) and Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio/East Mississippi Community College) and Ohio State could be the best show on turf.
“That offense is going to be amazing,” Glover-Williams said. “It’ll be fast people moving around with lightning speed, scoring touchdowns and putting points on the board. I’m that inside receiver that can play running back as well. Just get me the ball out in space.”
Given the amount of talent, Glover-Williams doesn’t mind if he’s not the main target. As long as the team is winning and his future teammates are filling up the stat book, he’s fine with sharing.
In fact, he can’t wait to sit back and enjoy the ride.
“It’s going to be amazing,” Glover-Williams said. “It’s going to be fun as heck.”