Throughout the Turner Gill Era UB's secondary was "Second to none" in the Mid American Conference. Gill helped put Mike Newton, Josh Thomas, Davonte Shannon, and Domonic Cook into NFL camps. Thomas and Newton both ended up playing on Sundays. This season Okoye Houston will be attending the College All Star Bowl in Greenville, SC.
But despite some talent in the UB secondary this season the unit struggled. It could be that there was not the strength down the depth chart needed to lock down receivers. UB is losing Houston and UB record holder Najja Johnson and several other backs.
To rebuild the UB secondary Quinn and company are looking to players like Ryan Williamson.
Williamson will come to Buffalo from Colerain High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ths past season the Cardinals wnt undefeated in league play finishing their season with a 12-1 mark en route to being the seventh ranked prep team in the State of Ohio.
Williamson stands at 6-0, 180 pounds came into the season as a member of the Pre-season Tristate Football.com All-TSF First. Team made 47 tackles and five interceptions last year. He runs the 40 in 4.48 seconds. According to the Safety he chose Buffalo over offers from Eastern Illinois and Akron. He was also getting looks from Illinois and Arizona State.
While playing both sides of the ball in high school his focus at Buffalo will unquestionably be as a safety. In addition to the need at the position he told Bull Run it's where he wants to be.
Of the current players Williamson spent the most time with Houston Glass during his Buffalo visits and checked out the UB Business school which has led him to pursue a Business Management major.
Once Williamson hits campus he will be working with Buddy Morris, UB's new strength and condition coach. He told Bull Tun that the biggest area of development he needs to address is "probably weight" which is off set by what he perceives to be his biggest strength which is his "good ball skills and a great open field tackle skills".
During his prep career Williamson demonstrated great instincts for generating turnovers. He prides himself on his ability to strip the ball and to track down interceptions.