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'05 OH DB Bryan Williams (Pitt signee)


Akron (OH)

Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 187 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.4 seconds

Bio Notes: Earned all-league and second-team all-Northeast Ohio honors as a junior.

Schools in the Running: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Pittsburgh- sounds like a battle between Pitt (who has offered) and tOSU who will evaluate at Summer camp- Bryan has ex-teammates at both schools (Walker at Pitt and Pittman at tOSU). Bryan will also participate in the Nike camp next weekend at tOSU.


Williams had 51 tackles and 5 interceptions as a junior for Coach Claude Brown's Buchtel team, and ran for 328 yards and 6 touchdowns during that 2003 campaign.

Bryan runs indoor and outdoor track. During the indoor season he runs the 55m, 200m, and the 400m. During the outdoor season he runs the 100m, 200m, and 400m. He has been timed in the 100 meters as fast as a 10.7.

Bryan top returning sprinter

Should be top City sprinter this year.

Bryan Williams Buchtel Junior

Ran on state-qualifying Division I 4x800 relay.

Brian Hartline GlenOak Junior

says he is getting alot of attention from tOSU and hopes to be at the Spring Game


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anyone know what number bryan wore last fall?

not sure- I couldn't find anything that referenced his number

but he did visit tOSU for the Spring Game along with his teammate OLineman Cyrus Kersey- they got to see the coming out party for his ex-teammate Tony Pittman
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Bryan Williams commits to Pitt

He was at tOSU Sunday and didn't get an offer- not too big of suprise- we just don't have unlimited schollies. :(

This is a nice addition for Pitt.


There has been a steady flow of players from Akron's John R. Buchtel High to Pitt, and the Panthers once again returned to their favorite pipeline.
Bryan Williams, a 6-foot, 186-pound cornerback, made a verbal commitment to Pitt on Monday night. Williams said he chose Pitt over offers from Akron, Illinois and North Carolina.

Williams is the Panthers' fifth recruit from the Class of 2005, joining Buchtel teammate Marlon Terry, Burrell tackle John Brown, Johnstown tailback LaRod Stephens and Columbus Brookhaven cornerback Dominic Jones.

In the past, Pitt has signed Buchtel defensive linemen Darrell McMurray and Brandon Hayes, safety Ramon Walker, fullback Tim Murphy and cornerback Steve Walker. Hayes' brother, Deon, was a preferred walk-on.

"The coaches made me feel at home, like they knew me," said Williams, who has a 3.0 core grade-point average but must improve his score of 15 on the ACT to qualify for freshman eligibility. "I felt like I was at Buchtel, with Steve, Marlon and Tim."

Williams, who is entering his third season as a starter, had 51 tackles and six interceptions last season while playing the corner opposite Walker. Their styles differ, however, as Williams prefers the physical play of bump-and-run coverage to Walker's risk-taking.

Brown said Williams was timed at 4.32 seconds in the 40-yard dash at Pitt's camp June 18, and has run faster at other camps.

"He's a good one," Buchtel coach Claude Brown said. "Bryan is a kid who has great recovery speed. He doesn't gamble as much as Stevie Walker, but his technique is second to none."

Williams is the second Ohio cornerback to commit to Pitt in as many days. Brookhaven's Jones - the Ohio Division II defensive player of the year - picked the Panthers over Michigan State, Minnesota and Penn State on Sunday.

Bill Kurelic, Midwest recruiting analyst for Rivals.com and publisher of the Midwest Football Recruiting News, ranks both players among the top 25 prospects in Ohio. "They're two of the top cornerbacks in Ohio, but not the best," Kurelic said. "I think both of them have the potential to be starters and key contributors. I think they're excellent additions for Pitt."

Brown credited Pitt associate head coach Bob Junko, who recruits Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio, for keeping the Buchtel pipeline flowing.

"The University of Pittsburgh treats our kids well," Brown said. "They seem concerned with our well-being and keep in contact with our kids' progress. They've got eight kids from Buchtel. Not all of them have worked out, but they didn't stop recruiting here."


Bryan Williams, a 6-foot, 187-pound cornerback from Akron, gave a verbal commitment to Pitt yesterday, making him the second standout defensive back from Ohio in three days to choose the Panthers.

And much like Brookhaven standout Dominic Jones, who committed to Pitt Sunday night, Williams said he was sold on the Panthers the first time he visited the campus.

"I was just comfortable there from the minute I got there until I left," Williams said. "It is a wonderful campus, a great city, and I really liked what the coaches had to say to me."

Williams, who had 31 tackles and five interceptions last season, was third-team all-state last year at Buchtel High School. He had offers from Illinois, North Carolina and Akron.

The Insiders, a national recruiting service, rates Williams the one of the top 15 prospects in Ohio and one of the top 65 players in the Midwest. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds, has a 34-inch vertical leap and squats 350 pounds.

Williams is the Panthers' fifth commitment for the class of 2005 and their second from Buchtel. Williams' teammate, defensive lineman Marlon Terry, made a commitment to the Panthers earlier this month.

Pitt fullback Tim Murphy is a Buchtel graduate.

"I liked the fact that there were already guys there who I know and that one of my teammates will be going there with me," Williams said. "I won't feel like a stranger and I won't feel all alone. That's important to me because going away is a big adjustment to begin with."


Buchtel senior commits to Pitt

Williams following in other Griffins' footsteps

By David Lee Morgan Jr.

Beacon Journal staff writer

The ``Pipeline to Pittsburgh'' continues as another Buchtel football player has committed to the University of Pittsburgh.

Bryan Williams, who will be a senior running back and defensive back for the Griffins this fall, orally committed to play for the Panthers next season. Williams, a 6-foot 195-pounder, attended Pittsburgh's team camp last week, and Panthers coach Walt Harris liked what he saw.

Last week, Buchtel lineman Marlon Terry also committed to Pittsburgh.

With Williams and Terry, eight Buchtel players have committed to Pittsburgh since Claude Brown began as the Griffins' coach in 1997. The others who have played or committed to Pittsburgh under Brown's tenure include:

• Ramon Walker, defensive back

• Brandon Hayes, defensive lineman

• Deon Hayes, defensive lineman

• Darrell McMurray, offensive line

• Tim Murphy, fullback

• Steve Walker, defensive back.

``Pittsburgh treats the Buchtel kids very well and the coaches do a nice job recruiting,'' Brown said. ``Since we've been going to their camp starting in 2000, a Buchtel player has been offered a scholarship at the camp every year.''

Williams has nine career interceptions and finished with 26 tackles last year. He also has seven career touchdowns.

Williams' strength and speed make him an attractive recruit. He was a member of Buchtel's 400-meter relay team which won the City Series championship. At the Pittsburgh camp, Williams was timed at 4.32 in the 40-yard dash.

``Bryan is a competitor and the one thing I like most about him is his speed,'' Brown said. ``He has great recovery speed in the secondary and he doesn't gamble. He's a conservative defensive back and he's a technician.

``Plus, Bryan is only 16. He's going to be a young senior so he has the potential to grow two or three more inches.''
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Williams decommits from Pitt and verbals to Minny


Since taking over as Pitt football coach, Dave Wannstedt is trying to convince Walt Harris' holdover recruits to stay committed to the Panthers.
Wannstedt landed his first recruit in Lakeworth, Fla., linebacker Steve Dell - one of three prospects planning to enroll in January - but another pulled a reverse Wednesday by committing to Minnesota.

Akron (Ohio) Buchtel cornerback Bryan Williams has decided to join Columbus (Ohio) Brookhaven cornerback Dominic Jones by reneging on his Pitt commitment to play for the Golden Gophers.

"I talked to (Wannstedt) - it was a regular conversation," Williams said. "He really didn't know me. He said he'd be trying to come see me in the next week or two. I didn't know what to do. I was like, 'New coach, new staff.' That was my first thought."


Akron Buchtel cornerback Bryan Williams, who previously had committed to the Panthers, now has committed to Minnesota.


Buchtel's Williams shifts gears
Saturday, January 01, 2005
Tim Rogers
Plain Dealer Reporter
A coaching change and a timely in-house visit by a familiar face have caused Buchtel's Bryan Williams to change his college plans.

Williams, a cornerback and running back who had made an early verbal commitment to attend the University of Pittsburgh, has changed his mind and will instead attend the University of Minnesota, Buchtel coach Claude Brown said Friday.

Williams was named to The Plain Dealer's Best of the Best all-star team on defense after making 24 solo tackles and intercepting eight passes last fall in helping the Griffins reach the playoffs for the 11th time.

Brown said a chain of events led to Williams changing his mind. First, Walt Harris resigned as head coach at Pitt to become the head coach at Stanford. A short time later, Minnesota coach Glen Mason made an in-house visit to the Williams' home. Finally, Pitt hired Dave Wannstedt as head coach.

"A lot of the assistant coaches that Bryan liked at Pitt are not sure where they are going to end up and that worried him," said Brown. "Nothing against coach Wannstedt, but we really don't know what he will do. Bryan didn't want to get left in an uncertain situation."

Mason, the former head coach at Kent State, visited Williams on Dec. 16.

"I think coach Mason was very convincing," said Brown. "He even told Bryan that he would give him a shot at playing running back."

Williams, 5-11, 185 pounds, ran for 1,897 yards and scored 26 touchdowns but always has been considered a better defensive player.
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