As National Signing Day draws closer, we’ll be profiling each of Ohio State’s class of 2017 signees and commits. With five 5-star prospects committed, the Buckeyes have put together what could end up being a historically talented class. Next up in our series is Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 4-star cornerback Marcus Williamson.
Marcus Williamson bio
High school: Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
Weight: 180 pounds
Overall ranking: No. 197 (247Sports composite)
Position ranking: No. 27 (247Sports composite)
Early enrollee: Yes
Revisiting his recruitment
Significant offers: Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee
Commitment date: April 18, 2015
What happened: Williamson finished his high school career at IMG but he’s originally from the Columbus, Ohio, suburb of Westerville. While at Westerville South, it didn’t take long for him to impress the nearby Buckeyes.
Williamson received his offer in November 2014 but didn’t make his decision as quickly as some local prospects do. He committed the weekend of the 2015 Spring Game and never wavered from there.
What his coach says
IMG coach Kevin Wright: “There are three things that make Marcus a really good corner. Number one, you’ve got to be able to run and he runs really well. He’s got to be able to turn his hips and run, and he does that. And then he’s got to be able to compete. All those things combined are why he’s able to play at such a high level. He makes up for some lack of size with speed and agility. He also has really good ball skills.
“On top of that, he’s taking high-level classes and is a tremendous student. He’s an honors and AP (Advanced Placement) kid with the classes he takes. He’s smart. It takes a different guy to play corner because you’re out there on an island. He’s very competitive. That’s the type of guy you want out there.”
Where he fits
Williamson is a pure cornerback, and he has the ability to one day start for Ohio State. He could also probably excel as a nickel back.
Will he play in 2017?
If he does, it will probably be on special teams. Williamson is part of arguably the greatest defensive back haul by any one school in the internet era. On one hand, he’s obviously talented. On the other, that means he’ll have some pretty heavy competition for early playing time.