2017 Four-Star Marcus Williamson Talks Buckeyes

By Jeremy Birmingham on August 12, 2014 at 8:30p

Photo: Scout.com


As new offers roll in for the 2015 recruiting class, the Buckeyes are still looking ahead to 2016 and yes, even 2017 for future stars. One of the brightest stars in the 2017 class is South (Westerville, Ohio) High School's Marcus Williamson, a 5-foot-10, 168-pound cornerback who checks in at number 60 on 247Sports.com's initial rankings. 

Despite growing up in the shadow of Ohio Stadium, Williamson says the Buckeyes weren't necessarily his favorite school growing up. As he's grown up and seen more football though, his appreciation for the Buckeyes has grown.

"My family has always been Buckeye fans, and it's always been great growing up here and seeing how amazing the fan base is day-to-day," Williamson told Eleven Warriors. "But growing up, I was always kind of neutral."

Clearly something changed, what was it?

"My mom is pretty good friends with Orlando Pace and his wife, so I got a chance to see his College Football Hall of Fame induction, that was a pretty great experience all around," he said. "Plus, I've just gained a lot of respect for the program and the tradition it has. Urban Meyer coming in, and winning 24 straight games is pretty crazy. It shows how great of a coach he is, to have such an immediate turn-around."

Although he only has one offer currently, from the University of Toledo, Williamson has been in pretty consistent contact with the Buckeyes. That contact ramped up a bit after an outstanding performance in front of the Ohio State coaching staff at Friday Night Lights.

"(Ohio State and I) keep in touch pretty often. I was there in early June (and for Friday Night Lights), but I didn't get back there any other times this summer. I was supposed to go down there for practice this week but my own practice schedule is conflicting, so that might not happen," he said of his contact with the Buckeyes. "I talk to (Buckeyes' cornerback coach Kerry) Coombs most of the time. He's made it pretty clear to me that he wants me to be a Buckeye, he just wants to see me compete on a varsity level."

Were that offer to come his way, Williamson acknowledged it could be difficult to turn down.

"Yeah," he said when asked whether an offer could lead to an early commitment. "I think a decision could come pretty quickly if that happened."

With those thoughts in mind, the country's 5th-ranked cornerback for 2017 has a plan to check out a few Buckeye games this fall. He also hopes to do a bit more research into the school's non-athletic pursuits.

"I'm definitely going to catch a game or two this fall at Ohio State," Williamson said. "I haven't had a chance to check out the academics there yet. I'm leaning towards law, I'm aiming high, because my family doesn't have a lawyer in it yet. I think it'd be great to go that route, but I'm still sorting that out."


Comments Show All Comments

Groveport Heisman's picture

Sounds like a steal right out of our own backyard. 

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

+1 HS
Poison nuts's picture

I will always root for my Wildcats & any kid that plays there! 

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

+1 HS
MN Buckeye's picture

Incredibly great talent in Ohio, especially for 2016 and 2017. Keep working, Marcus!

+1 HS
allbucksallthetime's picture

Great looking prospect who also seems to be a nice young man.  That film for a freshman is certainly impressive!  Go Bucks!

PoKeY21's picture

Sounds like a good one to me. Hopefully the savy staff can get him to the same game that Clark will be attending. Leaders on both sides the ball to jump start things way early. Its amazing these kids are getting so much face time before they even take their drivers exam.

"It was a woman who drove me to drink, come to think of it I never did hang around to thank her for that"

whiskeyjuice's picture

Good looking highlights. If he can perform that way with the varsity squad and shows improvement, this one could turn into a must get.

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

AlwayzABuckeye614's picture

Potential is there. Can't wait to see him in the future. Ill always root for the Columbus and surrounding kids!

dubjayfootball90's picture

because my family does not have a lawyer in it yet.

Well, shooting to be the first of anything in your family is a very lofty goal indeed. I like this kid already and its only 2014. LOCK HIM UP!!! haha. But good for him. Keep those goals high, aim high, and if you miss, you miss high and learn from it. Nothing wrong with that.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

apack614's picture

Great video, I believe this is the first time I've heard of him! Let's snatch him up quick!

I can't wait to poop in the PL bathroom.

WezBuck28's picture

Uhh..yeah, why hasn't this kid committed already? He would have been a freshman in this video, correct? Kid looks like he could be sometching special with the right coaching..

BAR43's picture

The kid can tackle. That awesome to see a young kid playing with such good fundamentals. Others can learn that a big hit can still happen when you wrap up. Fun highlight to watch.

TURD_BUCKET's picture

Keep him at HOME in Columbus!

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden