Marcus Crowley is the country’s No. 35-ranked running back in the Class of 2019 and a 3-star prospect at the Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla.
A long-time Miami commit, Crowley flipped his pledge from the Hurricanes to Ohio State following an early November official visit to Columbus.
The Buckeyes were one of 15 schools to offer the 6-foot-1, 2oo-pound Crowley, who also had opportunities from Penn State, Florida, Georgia, UCF and Louisville among his 15 total scholarships.
It may be cliché, but what Crowley brings to Ohio State is really the total package.
He big, fast running back that is comfortable catching the ball out of he backfield and is physical enough to become a successful blocker in the passing game as well.
At nearly 200-pounds already, Crowley has the frame to be a prototypical Big Ten running back
A lot of what you should expect with, and from, Marcus Crowley relies on what happens with a few other guys in Columbus.
Mike Weber is off for the NFL, and if Brian Snead doesn’t get out of the dog house at Ohio State, you may see Crowley push Master Teague III for early playing playing time in 2019 as the backup to J.K. Dobbins.
The last two Ohio State commitments from TCA have chosen to enroll early in college and Crowley will do the same. He’ll be in Columbus full-time by January and could really push for playing time next season.
If you wonder whether or not Ohio State still has any real recruiting cachet, look no further than the recruitment of Marcus Crowley.
Offered by Ohio State on October 11, just days after the Buckeyes lost running back Sampson James to Indiana, it took Tony Alford and the Buckeyes just about three weeks to swoop in and steal a player that had been committed to Miami for almost a year. After one visit to Columbus stacked up against more than a dozen visits to Coral Gables in the last few years, Ohio State flipped Crowley as though it’d been recruiting him for years.
That speaks not only to how impressive the Buckeyes still are, but also how important Crowley was to them and how they viewed him after getting a chance to really evaluate his game.
Crowley is big and he’s fast. He’s physical at 200-pounds and fits the Ohio State offense perfectly, able to line up as a lone back in their power spread.
If Crowley signs with Ohio State, he’ll be the third player on the Buckeyes roster from Trinity Christian, a powerhouse program in Jacksonville and a school where two different 2020 defensive backs with Ohio State– Miles Brooks and Fred Davis — offers play their ball. That can’t hurt the Buckeyes down the road.