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Marcus Williamson is a 5-foot-9 182-pound cornerback from Westerville, Ohio who transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida for his senior year. He is an aggressive defender who has experience in press coverage and off coverage. He attacks the run and can at times avoid blockers entirely. He is solid against screens, disengaging from blockers quickly. Has played receiver in the past, so also has applicable ball skills. He was targeted early by the Ohio State staff.
When you're talking about 5-foot-9 cornerbacks and Ohio State, there's a name that you could immediately go to that you must never go to, so that name will not be mentioned here. Williamson's physical nature and stature are also reminiscent of Damon Webb, who came to Ohio State as a cornerback but eventually moved to safety. Williamson is faster and appears to be quicker than Webb, but both displayed a tenacious demeanor in high school.
If you are a cornerback who can play press coverage and aren't afraid to defend the run, then you can certainly fit into Ohio State's defense. Fortunately, Marcus Williamson is all of those things. Given Ohio State's need for man-to-man coverage at each of the four positions in the secondary, they can almost never have enough cornerbacks because of the possibility of moving them to safety. The need for a slot corner is also important given the number of spread offenses the Buckeyes play every year.
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With two open cornerback spots and a nickel position that is anybody's guess, there are opportunities a'plenty in the Ohio State secondary. We saw this past season with the Buckeyes how weaknesses in the nickel can mess with a defense. Williamson is the kind of defender who could fill a couple of roles, and possibly sooner rather than later.
Williamson could project to cornerback or free safety given Ohio State's defense. There likely won't be too much expected of him in terms of playing time in 2017, but since he's already enrolled and will participate in spring ball, he's going to have an opportunity to impress his coaches. There are jobs to be won here and Williamson making a claim at a position like nickel wouldn't be unheard of. — Tony Gerdeman
2016 - 36 tackles, 1 INT, 2 passes defended, 2 FRs, 2 TDs