Ohio State has offered Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL) running back Marcus Crowley. The news comes less than a week after OSU lost a running back commit who decided to stay home.
One day after the Buckeyes defeated Indiana 49-26 on the football field last Saturday, Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen got revenge on the recruiting trail by flipping running back Sampson James from an OSU commit to an IU commit.
James, from Avon, Indiana, committed to the Buckeyes in March, and with his decommitment this past weekend, Ohio State is now looking for another talented tailback to fill the void.
The Buckeyes already have one running back committed in 2019 in Georgia’s Steele Chambers, but a second ball carrier would be ideal. As Ohio State has shown this season, they prefer to have two tailbacks to carry the load and keep each other fresh. Bringing in two running backs in the same class is one way to make that more of a possibility.
So who are the Buckeyes looking at?
They most recent name to pop up is Marcus Crowley. Ohio State has just very recently offered. Crowley plays at the same school that has produced current Buckeye defensive backs Shaun Wade and Tyreke Johnson, so there is quite a bit of familiarity between OSU and TCA.
Crowley (6-1 200) is a 3-star prospect and the No. 35 running back in the nation. He has been committed to Miami since December and is now very much on the Buckeyes’ radar. Crowley has dominated very good competition this season, having rushed for 1,164 yards and four touchdowns this season. He is averaging over 10 yards per carry.
Crowley doesn’t play much in blowouts, which makes his numbers even more impressive. The last two games, however, have been competitive, which explains his 555 yards rushing and five touchdowns the last two weeks.
Here are Crowley’s impressive mid-season highlights.
The Buckeyes are still in contact with IMG prospect Noah Cain, Texas tailback Deondrick Glass, and could possibly get back involved with Kenny McIntosh, who is a Miami lean, but visited Ohio State back in 2017.
There is also Dayton running back John Bivens, who does not have an Ohio State offer, but holds offers from USC, West Virginia, Nebraska, Kentucky, Louisville, and Cincinnati.
An offer to Crowley at this point indicates a very high interest and a desire to get him on campus for a visit.