The Ohio State recruiting philosophy might be changing right before our eyes and it has a lot to do with Name, Image Likeness. The Buckeyes will still continue to have a national reach, but we might see much more of a hometown flavor with recruits going forward.
A case in point is the recruitment of Ohio running back Jordan Marshall. The in-state back has become a focus for Ryan Day and the Buckeyes. That effort paid off today as the 6-foot, 190-pound Marshall dropped his final four schools with Ohio State, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Michigan making the cut. He also held offers from Oregon, Michigan State, and others.
Marshall is a 4-star prospect out of Archbishop Moeller in Cincinnati and is ranked as the No. 12 running back in the country and fourth best talent in the state of Ohio. He is also a top 200 recruit in the 2024 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Proximity hopefully plays a part in Marshall's final decision, as it would be much easier for his family to see him play in Columbus than his other three finalists. Expect Ohio State to be in the mix until the end of Marshall's recruitment.
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