From an Ohio State perspective, four players are already a part of the 2017 recruiting class. Two of those prospects are from the state of Florida -- ATH Bruce Judson and CB Shaun Wade. The other two are Ohioans in QB Danny Clark and OT Josh Myers. Another prospect that the Buckeyes would like to land in the state would be CB Marcus Williamson from Westerville South (OH).
Williamson is a 5'10, 178-pounder who is already graded out as a four-star prospect in his class. He also sits as the third-best player in the state, behind Clark and Myers. Williamson stands at 63rd overall in the 2017 cycle and the 6th-best cornerback in the country. The Westerville native has an offer sheet to back it up, as he holds offers from programs like Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Tennessee and others already.
247Sports' Bill Kurelic had the chance to catch up with Williamson on Wednesday. He told Kurelic that he hopes to check out Ohio State's campus in the "next week or so," as well as being in attendance for the Buckeyes' Spring Game next month.
Kareem on campus this spring?
While we know Williamson will see Ohio State sometime this spring, it's not as definitive for '16 DE Khalid Kareem of Harrison (MI). The 5th-best player in the state of Michigan told Kurelic that he has a few visits scheduled at this time (to Notre Dame and Alabama) but he does believe he will see Ohio State sometime this spring.
The Buckeyes did have the opportunity to host the 6'4, 252-pounder on a visit back in January, but of course they would love to have him back on campus. Despite previous reports that the four-star pass rusher committed to Michigan State, they do not lead at this time -- at least according to Kareem, who also stated to 247Sports that he does not have a leader at the moment.
Richardson receiving interest
We discussed one of the best 2017 prospects above in Marcus Williamson. But another name to keep an eye on is '17 WR JaVonte Richardson of Maple Heights (OH). Richardson is a current teammate of '16 WR/TE Kierre Hawkins, who is committed to the Buckeyes.
According to Rivals.com's Twitter page, Ohio State, among others, is starting to show interest in the 6'3, 200-pounder. At the moment, Bowling Green is the only program to an extend an offer to Richardson, but that should change sooner rather than later. One reason for that is that schools like Florida, Kentucky, Miami (FL), Michigan State, and of course Ohio State are showing interest.
For what it's worth, if Ohio State offers, they would likely place themselves in good position for Richardson. In fact, 247Sports recruiting analyst Alex Gleitman has already pegged him to the Buckeyes even without an offer from the Scarlet and Gray.