After not taking a running back in the class of 2023, the Buckeyes now have two commits in the class of 2024 as Pickerington (Ohio) North back Sam Williams-Dixon gave the Buckeyes his pledge.
The Buckeyes recently received a commitment from James Peoples out of San Antonio (Texas) to get things rolling at the position.
The 5-foot-11, 203-pounder decided to stay close to home, picking Ohio State over more than a dozen other offers including Penn State, Michigan State, Tennessee and Kentucky to name just a few.
The three-star back has yet to play a game for Pickerington North after transferring from Millersburg (Ohio) West Holmes. Over the course of the previous two seasons at his last school, Williams-Dixon rushed for a record setting 76 touchdowns. Williams is not only a talented runner but also a player who can catch the ball with 500 receiving yards during the 2022 high school football season.
Ohio State’s running back landscape could be very different by the time that SWD makes it to Columbus with Miyan Williams, TreVeyon Henderson and Chip Trayanum all potentially playing in their final collegiate seasons with two listed as seniors and Henderson set to complete his third year of eligibility and becoming draft eligible after the season.
That would leave scholarships backs Evan Pryor and Dallan Hayden to return for 2024 along with walk-ons TC Caffey and Will Hartson. A crowded room becomes much less crowded moving forward, especially without taking a back in the class of 2023.
It almost seems like it was just yesterday that Ohio State fans were up in arms over the Buckeyes missing out on running back Jordan Marshall, losing out on him to the team up north. But we assured fans that there was a plan in place, and the plan has played out.
Ohio State football had never taken a scholarship player from Holmes County Ohio and Williams-Dixon appeared to be in line to be the first before deciding to transfer to Pickerington North, a school that has sent plenty of players to Ohio State in the past once the city of Pickerington opened a second high school (North being the new one while Central was the original high school).
We will have more on this big commitment to the Buckeyes including what Ohio State is getting in Williams-Dixon, what this two-man class means for the Buckeyes and so much more as Ohio State has taken its second commitment of the day (Max LeBlanc being the other).