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Former Buckeye Jameson Williams Transferring to Alabama

Former Ohio State wide receiver Jameson Williams announced via Twitter on Monday that he is transferring to Alabama. This follows precisely what Buckeye Scoop’s Alex Gleitman reported about Williams’ eventual destination Sunday on our Ask The Insiders message board.

Alabama is losing its two most talented receivers from last year as Heisman Trophy winner Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle were both selected in the first round of last week’s 2021 NFL Draft.

The depth chart situation at Alabama is seemingly less crowded than the Ohio State depth chart. Had he stayed at Ohio State, Williams was on the verge of possibly seeing his role reduced even more in 2021 because of Garrett Wilson’s move to Williams’ X receiver position.

Williams was moved from the ones to the twos in the spring.

He caught nine passes for 154 yards and a touchdown in 2020. As a true freshman in 2019 he caught six passes for 112 yards and a touchdown.

Williams came to Ohio State from Cardinal Ritter College Prep in St. Louis where he was the No. 82 player in the class of 2019 and the No. 13 wide receiver overall.

Because of the NCAA’s one-time transfer waiver for athletes, Williams will be eligible to play this season for the Crimson Tide. Like Ohio State, they will be breaking in a new starting quarterback. Unlike Ohio State, they will not have their top two receivers returning.

John Metchie is also back for Alabama. He caught 55 passes for 916 yards and six touchdowns in 13 games as a sophomore. Slade Bolden caught 24 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore as well.

Williams will provide the kind of deep speed that all teams need, but is also able to take quick passes a long way. Alabama’s offense does very well with screen passes, which could showcase Williams in more ways than just a deep threat.

Alabama has had five wide receivers selected in the first round of the NFL Draft over the last four years.