The Hurry-Up is your nightly dose of updates from the Ohio State football recruiting trail, keeping tabs on the latest from commits and targets from around the country.
Williams is a an “animal”
When Tyleik Williams committed to Ohio State in the last week of August, it didn’t just catch fans and some writers off guard. It was also a surprise to the 2021 group of commits.
“I didn’t even know he was committing to us, for real,” Ohio State running back commit TreVeyon Henderson told Eleven Warriors. “It was a shocker because somebody hit me up in the group chat and said he was committing to us, and I hadn’t heard anything about it. It was pretty much a shocker.”
Henderson, who played at Hopewell High School before Virginia’s 2020 fall season was pushed to the spring, has never played Williams and his Unity Reed team before. However, once he hard the news of the nose tackle’s impending commitment, Henderson turned on some clips of his film and was impressed.
Sometime after that, once Williams’ made it official, he was brought into the fold with open arms by the 2021 commits.
“Since he committed, we’ve been talking in the commits’ group chat,” Henderson said. “It was a welcome to the family (message).”
Henderson is not the lone future Buckeye to be impressed with the 6-foot-3, 330-pound four-star prospect.
“Watching his film, he’s an animal,” Ohio State quarterback commit Kyle McCord told Eleven Warriors. “He’s 6-3 and moves really well for his size. It was kind of out of the blue, honestly. Nobody really talked to him before he committed, but his film is really impressive. I think he’s flown under the radar a little bit with recruiting, but I’m really happy that he’s on board. He’s a great kid to talk to off the field. He fits right in with the personality of the class. He’s a really good fit in the class on and off the field, so I’m really excited that he committed.”
“Not really. Just getting a feel for him. A little bit about him,” Hall told Eleven Warriors when asked if he has spoken much with Williams. “I really can't talk about him too much. But seems like a great person to be around and definitely a great commit.”
Harrison “college ready”
On Aug. 31, Ohio State receiver commit Marvin Harrison Jr. tweeted out a photo of his updated height and weight. Listed at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds on his recruiting profile, Harrison’s updated measurements put him at 6-foot-4.75 and 203 pounds. Pretty good physical measurements for a player who has slid from being ranked No. 59 overall in June to No. 114 in September.
Updated height and weight pic.twitter.com/K1Qc7yP9V8— Ju (@MarvHarrisonJr) August 31, 2020
“He’s a beast,” said McCord, Harrison’s quarterback at St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia. “He’s been working his tail off this offseason, and it’s shown. He’s college ready right now so hopefully we’ll get one more season in before we head off to Columbus. But, I mean, it’s been awesome working with him.
“He’s really transformed his body. He’s added about 15 pounds. He’s up to 200 pounds, or he might be over 200, and you saw he’s 6-5, which is just ridiculous for a kid his size and the way he moves.”
Tshabola comments on Davis opt out
On Friday, about nine hours before Ohio State 2022 offensive line commit Tegra Tshabola took the field for Lakota West, the Buckeyes officially had their first opt of the season when Wyatt Davis announced he would be forgoing his junior season in scarlet and gray in order to prepare for the NFL draft.
For Tshabola, he was happy to see Davis decide to head to the pros. Tshabola is a top-125 overall player ranked as the No. 12 offensive tackle in his class. He committed to the Buckeyes the same night as the first round of the NFL draft, and the 6-foot-5, 340-pounder has NFL aspirations of his own.
“It's really inspiring 'cause it lets me know that in a couple years I'm gonna be in the same position he is and I can make that choice too,” Tshabola told Eleven Warriors following the Firebirds' 33-0 win over Sycamore on Friday night. “But that's good for him. That's good for him and his family, knowing that he's doing that.”