The Hurry-Up: Ohio State Offers 4-star Ohio 2024 CB Terhyon Nichols and 5-star 2025 WR Andrew Marsh, Transfer Safety Jaylen Key Cancels Visit to OSU

By Garrick Hodge on May 9, 2023 at 5:30 pm
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Ohio State has offered another cornerback in the 2024 class.

One day after he participated in Ohio's Under Armour Next camp, four-star cornerback Terhyon Nichols received an offer from Ohio State cornerbacks coach Tim Walton. 

A resident of Cincinnati, Nichols is considered the 321st-best player and the 29th-rated cornerback in the 2024 class per 247Sports’ composite rankings. He has picked up around 30 Division I offers, including Michigan, Penn State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Kentucky, among others.

The Ohio product has long been on Ohio State's radar, with the 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback visiting Columbus as recently as March and taking a trip to campus for the Buckeyes’ season opener against Notre Dame last fall. Now that he has secured the offer, Nichols looks poised to take an official visit to Columbus soon, perhaps as soon as June, as he already has official visits to Pittsburgh, Penn State and Michigan lined up.

Nichols joins Bryce West and Aaron Scott as Ohio cornerbacks that have picked up offers from Ohio State thus far, and the Buckeyes are still heavily recruiting each. Other cornerbacks of interest to Ohio State include Miles Lockhart, Kobe Black, Zabien Brown, Corian Gipson and Charles Lester III.

Five-star WR Andrew Marsh earns Buckeyes offer

Nichols wasn’t the only prospect to earn an Ohio State offer Monday, as offensive coordinator Brian Hartline also extended an offer to 2025 five-star Texas wideout Andrew Marsh.

Marsh is considered the 28th-best prospect and the fifth-ranked wideout in the 2025 class and has picked up nearly 30 Division I offers thus far, including Arizona, Auburn, Baylor, Georgia Tech, Houston, Kansas, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, Syracuse, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and USC. 

Ohio State has monitored the 6-foot-1, 173-pound prospect since last fall, and he attended the Buckeyes' win over Indiana at Ohio Stadium in November. 

“At the game, I was able to talk to coach Ryan Day and coach Hartline,” Marsh told Eleven Warriors after his visit. “During the conversation, both asked if I could see myself playing there and if I could stand playing in the cold. All of the recruiting team was nice. (The next day) I had a more in-depth time there. I was able to see the football facility and meet with different departments. The place is huge. I see that everything is up-tempo. Talking to coach, I learned about the style of play for their receivers and their expectations of all players. This visit made a lasting impression on me and I will be back.”

In his sophomore season, Marsh played in nine games, catching 53 passes for 845 yards and 11 touchdowns while also returning kickoffs occasionally.

Buckeyes land Tywone Malone, Jaylen Key cancels visit

Ohio State got good news on Tuesday regarding its top remaining transfer target.  

On the last weekend of April, Ohio State hosted three transfer prospects on campus for official visits in cornerback Lorenzo Styles, offensive tackle Josh Simmons and defensive tackle Tywone Malone. The Buckeyes landed commitments from Simmons and Styles that weekend and made it three-for-three a week-and-a-half later as Malone committed to Ohio State on Tuesday following a weekend visit to Miami (Florida).

However, Ohio State won’t land every transfer it’s pursued over the past couple of weeks. After including the Buckeyes in his top six last week, former UAB safety Jaylen Key canceled his scheduled visit to Columbus this week and will instead decide between Alabama, Florida State and Ole Miss, per 247Sports

Barring any unexpected developments, Ohio State’s roster for the 2023 season now appears set. Malone is one of eight transfer additions for the Buckeyes this offseason along with Styles, Simmons, cornerback Davison Igbinosun (Malone’s former teammate at Ole Miss), safety Ja’Had Carter, offensive lineman Victor Cutler Jr., quarterback Tristan Gebbia and long snapper John Ferlmann.

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