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Ohio State among early leaders for Florida safety

The Buckeyes are still in the mix for a Sunshine State standout.

Markeith Williams
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Ryan Day and the Ohio State football program are well on their way to a top notch recruiting class in 2022. Holding verbal pledges from defensive back Jyaire Brown, linebacker CJ Hicks, and offensive tackle Tegra Tshabola, numerous other highly sought after junior prospects have the Buckeyes sitting rather high on their leader list.

Over the weekend another class of 2022 standout took to his Twitter page to let the world know what college programs are currently sticking out to him at the moment. Taking a hard look at 11 schools now, four-star safety Markeith Williams is now contemplating taking his talents to either Ohio State, Oklahoma, Florida, Miami, Alabama, Texas A&M, Auburn, Florida State, Nebraska, Louisville, or West Virginia.

Williams, the 11th safety and 163rd overall prospect in the class of 2022, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, has been a ball hawk during his time with Orlando’s Evans High School. Helping the Trojans bounce back from a 1-9 season in 2018 to a 5-5 record last year as a sophomore, the 6-foot, 160-pounder snatched down seven interceptions from his spot in the defensive backfield and was named Orlando Sentinel All-Area first-team for his play on the gridiron.

Want to see Williams in action? Take a few minutes to check out what the Sunshine State standout could potentially add to the Buckeyes silver bullet secondary:

Quick Hits

  • Class of 2022 offensive tackle Joey Tanona verbally committed to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish over the weekend. A four-star prospect from Zionsville, IN, Tanona chose to take his talents to South Bend over opportunities at Ohio State, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, and others.
  • Ohio State basketball recently conducted a Zoom meeting with East Rockingham (VA) four-star power forward Tyler Nickel. The 6-foot-8, class of 2022 standout holds early scholarship offers from programs such as Clemson, LSU, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.
  • Class of 2021 five-star defensive tackle Damon Payne committed to Alabama on Sunday. Payne, the No. 1 player in the state of Michigan, apparently was not even considering the in-state Wolverines when making his decision. The commitment has the Crimson Tide right on Ohio State’s heels in the class rankings, now in second place with 16 commits and an average player rating of 94.48 (Buckeyes have 19 commits with a 94.94 average).