January 12, 2012
Two for one?
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Ohio State has already made a big move for four-star West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial linebacker Camren Williams and now they are trying to do the same with Williams' teammate, four-star cornerback Armani Reeves. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound prospect was offered on Thursday by Ohio State and an official visit is now on the horizon. BuckeyeGrove.com caught up with the Father of Williams and Godfather of Reeves, Brent Williams to get the latest on the recruitment of the New England duo.
"Armani will be making an official visit (to Ohio State) next Wednesday and Thursday (January 18th and 19th)," said Williams. "Coach Taver Johnson is coming in to watch his basketball game tomorrow and maybe get a chance to meet with him after the game, depending on what the rules allow."
The visit was setup shortly after Reeves landed his offer on Thursday; a step that Williams said needed be to taken before scheduling the visit.
"They have offered," Williams said. "Our whole point is that we're not going on any fishing expedition or just to kick the tires, because it's such a short window here. I talked to the coaching staff (at Ohio State) today and they were confident with their evaluation of Armani and that it was enough to offer him and for him to come in to visit."
Reeves will be accompanied on the visit by one of his family members, but they may not be alone as Williams has been working on getting back to Columbus on an unofficial visit.
"Either his Mother or his Aunt depending on work schedules," Williams said. "His Mother or his Aunt will accompany him and if we're able to get everything together with Camren and my wife, we'll attend. If my schedule permits, then I will be going as well, but that all depends on my daughter's basketball schedule. We have to figure out a way to stay here and support her, someone has to be here for that."
"We'd like to try and time it up where they go at the same time," Williams continued. "We're working with Greg Gillum to coordinate that and they're going to try and get Camren into a couple of academic situations so that he can get a feel for things there and possibly try to give my wife a chance to see the school as well because we're running out of weekends here."
Reeves will be making an official visit to Michigan on Saturday and then once Reeves returns from his Ohio State visit next week, it will be Penn State that gets the last crack at the Catholic Memorial teammates.
"We have the last weekend of the visit season (January 27th) set to Penn State," he said. "Our plan is for both (Reeves and Williams) to be there that weekend."
Penn State recently finalized its coaching staff and Williams said the two will be looking to establish a comfort level with the new coaches.
"We're just going to try and get comfortable with the relationships there," Williams said. "We don't know the defensive backs coach, he just came in. Armani had a good relationship with coach (Bill) Kenney and felt comfortable with coach (Tom) Bradley and coach (Kermit) Buggs and all three of those guys are gone. It's really just a matter of trying to develop some sort of comfort level there."
Williams said the two four-star prospects have already spoken with new head coach Bill O'Brien.
"I spoke briefly with coach O'Brien the day after he got the job," Williams said. "Camren and Armani both spoke with him in the same evening. It was an introductory call; even though he's here with the Patriots I've never had a chance to meet him."
"We're looking to setup a possible meeting but obviously right now he's got the Broncos on his mind," Williams continued. "He's got a figure out a way to outscore (Tim) Tebow so that's really kind of his focus right now, which is understandable."
At this point, Williams is down to just Penn State and Ohio State and has a relatively strong comfort level with both campuses. Things aren't quite as simple for Reeves, according to the elder Williams.
"With the other schools for Armani it's a little more of a challenge," Williams explained. "He's got to get familiar with the academics and he's got to get familiar with the coaching staff and the players and all of the other components that go into making a decision. With Penn State, it's really just trying to get to know the football side of this, which is almost backwards (from what is normal) at this point."
While there has been plenty of speculation that the two are a package deal, Williams says that is not the case.
"Everyone seems to think that was our goal initially and always (to be a package deal) but it really isn't," he said. "The goal has always been for the two of them to find the best school for themselves individually and if it worked out that it was the same school, then that would be a plus. It's not a package deal and it's not a situation where if you take one, you have to take the other."
Williams added that the two could make their final decisions in the few short days between the end of the Penn State visit and National Signing Day but that nothing is set in stone on that front.
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