Ohio State '24 OH RB (FR) - Sam Williams-Dixon

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    RUNNING BACK •6'0" | 194 LBS
    CLASS OF 2024 @ WEST HOLMES | MILLERSBURG, OH

    Ohio State has offered.
     
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    In-state running back grabs Ohio State offer
    Without a running back being signed in the 2023 class, the Buckeyes are still in solid shape thanks to their depth. Players like Miyan Williams, TreVeyon Henderson, Dallan Hayden, and even Evan Pryor all remain in the running back room, which has certainly softened the blow.

    While the roster is fine for the coming season, position coach Tony Alford knows the 2024 class can’t go like 2023. At least one running back will be needed, and there’s talk that the Buckeyes could look to even bring in two guys in this next cycle with the departures that very well may happen after next season. At any rate, work needs to be done.

    Right off the bat, the Buckeyes have already offered a solid number of players at the position in this 2024 cycle, and their own back yard of in-state players is a fertile recruiting ground the staff can focus on. The name that most notably comes to mind is Cincinnati Moeller product, Jordan Marshall, as he’s the eighth best player at his position per the 247Sports Composite. Certainly a priority for Alford and company, Marshall isn’t the only Ohioan to see interest, as earlier this week the Buckeyes offered another in-state back.

    Taking to Twitter to announce the news on Wednesday evening, Sam Williams-Dixon shared that Ohio State has offered. A Millersburg, Ohio native, Williams-Dixon is currently listed as the No. 539 player nationally, the 41st best running back and the 21st best player in Ohio for the 2024 cycle according to the 247Sports Composite. No stranger to the coaches, Williams-Dixon has been a name the staff has kept an eye on, and his efforts have earned himself his latest and biggest offer to this point.

    Schools such as Penn State, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Kentucky, and others have already thrown their name into the mix, but the Buckeyes now in the fold should further the domino effect of large programs paying close attention. As mentioned, likely two running backs in this class is the goal for the staff. While you typically always go for the home run addition of a top national back, the Buckeyes may elect to keep this situation close to home and court two of their targets who are within the state lines.
     
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    One of Ohio State’s top running back targets in the 2024 class has narrowed down his recruitment.

    Three-star Ohio running back Sam Williams-Dixon narrowed down his school list to five on Friday, with Ohio State, Tennessee, Kentucky, Penn State and Rutgers making the cut.

    Williams-Dixon will be taking an official visit to each of those five schools later this summer, but he also plans on visiting Columbus on the first day of OSU spring practice on March 7 and could attend more practices as the spring goes on. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound running back plans on making a commitment before the first game of his senior season, which will now be at Pickerington North after Williams-Dixon announced his transfer from West Holmes.

    Last season, Williams-Dixon ran for nearly 1,300 rushing yards and scored 41 touchdowns while adding 500 receiving yards.

    “I’m very versatile,” Williams-Dixon told Eleven Warriors in late January. “I can do anything, like I can be split out wide, in the slot or running back. I can definitely play a little quarterback, like a little Wildcat. So, I can be everywhere on offense. I think I’m a very evasive runner. Like a Dalvin Cook, Saquon Barkley-type play style I guess.”

    Ohio State is in a great spot for Williams-Dixon at the moment, as the Buckeyes were the team the in-state running back grew up rooting for. He was offered by OSU on Jan. 11 and has developed a close relationship with Tony Alford.

    “It was like a dream come true,” Williams-Dixon said of the offer. “Just being a kid from Ohio, that offer meant a lot to me and meant a lot to my family. Buckeye Nation and people that live in Ohio just love the team, and I love it too. So it meant a lot. Any kid from Ohio dreams of playing for the Buckeyes.”

    Williams-Dixon is one of the top priorities at running back in 2024 for OSU, along with prospects such as Jordan Marshall, James Peoples and Stacy Gage.
     
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