Ohio State defensive lineman Alex Williams enters transfer portal

Joey Kaufman
Ohio State defensive end Alex Williams, center, during a practice drill on Aug. 14. [Joshua A. Bickel]

Alex Williams, a reserve defensive lineman at Ohio State and a Pickerington North graduate, has put his name in the NCAA transfer portal, The Dispatch confirmed Wednesday.

In two seasons with the Buckeyes, Williams saw limited playing time, appearing in only six games as he made his college debut this past season. He had redshirted the previous fall.

Williams was not listed on the team’s final three-deep depth chart before the Fiesta Bowl.

In his six appearances in 2019, Williams was on the field for 65 snaps, according to an unofficial tally from Pro Football Focus, and totaled eight tackles.

Entry into the transfer portal, an online database, allows for players to be contacted by other schools about transferring.

As the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Williams looks to head elsewhere, the Buckeyes are still projected to return 12 other scholarship defensive linemen, plus three incoming freshmen.

While in high school, Williams was ranked as a three-star recruit and had been committed to West Virginia for seven months before flipping to Ohio State during the early signing period in December 2017. He was included on The Dispatch’s all-Metro team as a senior.


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