Ohio State has made the final four for its top running back target in the class of 2024.
On Thursday, four-star Cincinnati prospect Jordan Marshall placed the Buckeyes in the same company as Michigan, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
HELL YEAH https://t.co/1vttD9o2cq— Jordan Marshall (@J_MARSH2024) February 2, 2023
The 5-foot-11, 193-pound running back is considered the 105th-best prospect in the 2024 class and the eighth-ranked running back per 247Sports' composite rankings.
Marshall earned his offer with a tremendous camp performance in Columbus last June and followed that up with an even bigger junior season. The Archbishop Moeller standout earned Ohio Division I co-Offensive Player of the Year honors after he ran for 1,951 rushing yards, scored 34 total touchdowns and racked up 364 receiving yards last season.
There isn't a bigger priority for running backs coach Tony Alford in the 2024 class than Marshall, as the pair communicate daily. Although he didn't necessarily grow up an avid Buckeye fan like most Ohio kids, Marshall has plenty of interest in the Buckeyes, as he visited Columbus in November for Ohio State's regular-season finale against Michigan and later attended a team bowl practice in December.
Marshall plans to revisit Ohio State this spring and will take an official visit to Columbus later this year. The talented in-state prospect plans on committing sooner rather than later, as he doesn't want any distractions heading into his senior season.
“I'm gonna commit early summer. That's the goal right now to just commit in early summer," Marshall told Eleven Warriors in December. "So I’ll try to take my officials around the spring, so we have a good mix right now."
Ohio State will be a strong contender for Marshall's commitment, primarily because of his bond with Alford and his desire to compete at the highest level.
“Relationships are really big, and how much they win,” Marshall said when asked what stands out about Ohio State. “I want to win, and I want to compete for a national championship someday. They're going to do that. Coach Day and Alford are great people, and I love being around them every time I’m at Ohio State. So just those guys, and you can tell the bond and everything they have there.”
The Buckeyes would like to take two running backs in the 2024 class, headlined by Marshall, if they have it their way.