Instant Impact: 4-Star Marcus Williamson

Ohio State's 2017 recruiting class holds one of the highest average star ratings in the history of Scout, and four-star athlete Marcus Williamson is already enrolled in school.


THE FIRST IMPRESSION OF WILLIAMSON: I remember seeing Marcus Williamson at the Ohio State summer camp just after his freshman season at Westerville South. I had no idea who he was, but I thought he was as good as any defensive back at the camp. I later learned he had only played freshman and junior varsity football and had yet to play a down of varsity football. This was my evaluation of the youngster from that day: EVALUATION: It might be tough to prop up a prospect before he has played a down of high school football, but Williamson has all the tools he needs to succeed at the college level. The speed is evident, but he also has great hip recovery and the ability to change direction extremely well. It will be fun watching his progress over the next three seasons.

WHAT DOES WILLIAMSON DO BEST? I could nitpick his game and say I wished he were two inches taller, but that's totally nitpicking. This is a great prospect in a 2017 class that's filled with great defensive back prospects. He has amazing one-on-one cover skills, and that's who Ohio State is today. He can combat the lack of height with length and his skill set. He played at the highest level of competition at IMG, and this will benefit him at Ohio State. He might need a year in the weight room as a redshirt, but Marcus Williamson has a chance to be a great player for the Buckeyes.

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