Ohio State moved quick on Marcus Crowley, offering the Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy product on Oct. 11 and flipping the three-star running back over the weekend as he took to Twitter on Sunday to announce his decision.
The 6-1, 200-pounder originally committed to Miami (Fla.) before the Buckeyes entered the equation. OSU needed to fill its void at running back for the 2019 class after Avon, Ind., four-star Sampson James (6-1, 211) flipped to Indiana on Oct. 7.
Crowley, who comes from the same high school as freshman cornerback Tyreke Johnson and redshirt freshman defensive back Shaun Wade, officially visited Ohio State over the weekend and spent Saturday at Ohio Stadium for the 36-31 win over Nebraska.
The Buckeyes also hosted Katy, Texas, four-star running back Deondrick Glass (5-11, 200) for the past couple of days in Columbus. Crowley’s commitment, however, likely caps OSU’s recruiting at the position with Roswell (Ga.) Blessed Trinity Catholic four-star athlete Steele Chambers (6-2, 215) committed since April 18.
With the pledge from Crowley — the 247Sports composite’s No. 573 overall prospect, No. 35 running back and No. 77 player in Florida — Ohio State’s class climbs back to 15 members for 2019. The Buckeyes bump up three spots nationally from No. 15 to No. 12 in the 247sports team rankings, passing Penn State (No. 14) on the way.
— Marcus Crowley (@marcus_2334) November 4, 2018