The Buckeyes had a number of talented prospects on campus this weekend. A number of out of state recruits--2015 offensive lineman Josh Wariboko, Daniel and Josh Imatorbhebhe, and 2016 New jersey standouts Ron Johnson and Brad Hawkins--might have headlined the list of athletes in town, but it was another recruit who ended up stealing the spotlight.
Maple Heights junior Kierre Hawkins became the third class of 2016 recruit to give a commitment to the Ohio State football program. A 6'4, 210-pound running back for Maple Heights, Hawkins will make the switch to H-Back when he suits up for Urban Meyer and the Bucks.
A fan of Ohio State since childhood, Kierre, a three-star recruit, picked OSU just weeks after earning a scholarship offer from the staff. Illinois, Kentucky, and Toledo are just a few of the other programs that offered the semi-under-the-radar prospect during the recruiting process.
Want to know more about Hawkins, and what his pledge means for the Buckeyes? Land-Grant Holy Land has you covered.
Buckeyes offer Williamson:
Once again making the short round trip from Westerville to the Ohio State campus, 2017 defensive back Marcus Williamson also had the chance to watch the Buckeyes take on Rutgers on Saturday.
"The visit was great. It was nice to see the Buckeyes have a win the way they did. I think what stood out was how welcoming and involved the coaches were. I thought that was pretty special." The 5'10 170 pound, Westerville South sophomore told Land-Grant Holy Land.
His latest visit to OSU might be something he will remember for quite some time. While having an opportunity to speak with head coach Urban Meyer, Williamson was offered a scholarship by the Buckeye boss.
"It feels unreal to have a Buckeye offer." Marcus said. "Coach Meyer made it official before the game. It was pretty neat to finally get to meet him, and even better to meet under the circumstances."
Only a sophomore, Marcus is steadily watching his recruitment heat up, and now holds offers from the Buckeyes, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Toledo.
Living in the shadows of the Horseshoe, Ohio State will always be in the mix, but more than two years away from suiting up on the college level, Williamson is going to take his time before verbally committing to a school.
"Of course Ohio State stands out right now, but at this point there is no top list. I'm just going to weigh my options, and see where it leads."
To see what Williamson could potentially add to Ohio State, check out these highlights, courtesy of Hudl:
- 2015 OSU commit Joe Burrow banged up his knee, and was knocked out of Athens High's game against Wellston on Friday. Before his night was ended with tendinitis, he was well on his way to another solid game, completing five of six passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Don't fret, Buckeye fans--Burrow's injury doesn't look to be anything serious.
- Before scoring two touchdowns in a big Cocoa High (FL) win, Burrow's future Ohio State teammate Jamel Dean was presented with his Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl jersey before his game on Friday. The Semper Fi game takes place on January 4th, in Carson, California.
- With Burrow out of the mix, another member of the Elite '15 has a chance to win the Land-Grant Holy Land Elite '15 MVP for the first time. Did Dean do enough to beat out Dre'Mont Jones, Justin Hilliard, Jashon Cornell, and Josh Moore? The poll is open. Make sure to vote.