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One Year Older, Marcus Williamson Ready for More Defensively

Every day until fall camp begins for Ohio State we will profile a different Buckeye football player. Today that player is graduate senior safety Marcus Williamson. Yesterday it was defensive tackle Jaden McKenzie. You can find all of the daily Scoop Profiles right here.

Marcus Williamson

No. 21 | Defensive Back | 5-10 185 | Graduate Senior | IMG Academy | Westerville, Ohio

How’d He Get Here

Seven years ago this week, Marcus Williamson attended Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights camp in order to work out for then-cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs. He didn’t leave with an offer, but the Buckeyes didn’t wait too long, offering him a few months later as he was in the middle of his sophomore season at Westerville South in Westerville, Ohio. Michigan State and Indiana offered soon after. Michigan jumped in with an offer in February of 2015. Williamson committed to Ohio State less than two months later. Notre Dame, Miami, Louisville, and LSU tried to sway him with offers, but it did not work. Williamson ended up being a four-star prospect who was ranked the No. 24 cornerback in the 2017 class and the No. 182 player overall.

Current Situation

Marcus Williamson lettered as a true freshman, then ended up missing some time in 2018 due to injury. He played in every game as a reserve in 2019 and then earned a starting job for the Buckeyes at safety last year. He finished with 27 tackles on the season. This spring he was in a competition at cover safety with sophomore Lathan Ransom and redshirt freshman Cameron Martinez. Admittedly, last season didn’t go as well for Williamson as he would have liked, but he said this spring he has put the lessons he learned to good use in order to be better this year.

What to Like

Experience counts for a lot and Marcus Williamson has more than anybody else in the Ohio State secondary. He chose to utilize the free year from the NCAA and returned for a fifth season as a Buckeye. This is his last go-round and he’s going to want to make the most of it. Williamson has plenty of film to look back on and learn from. He is exactly the kind of defensive back that works well in the slot as Ohio State’s cover safety. He came to Ohio State as a cornerback and still has those skills with him. Williamson understands the importance of the position he is competing for and is looking forward to showing how he has grown from last year.

What’s the Ceiling This Year?

The ceiling for Marcus Williamson has him winning a starting job and being an integral part of the Ohio State defense. Be it as the cover safety or as a nickel back, Williamson has the skill set to help the Buckeyes. He’s seen all of the ins and outs of this defense, as well as all of the tricks of the trade played by opposing offenses. Last year wasn’t as fruitful as it could have been for many, but this is a new year and Williamson is going into it with a new outlook.

And Beyond?

It wasn’t that long ago that Damon Arnette put everything together in his fifth year as a Buckeye and turned it into a hell of a draft day. If Marcus Williamson can put it all together this year, he’s going to show people that he is a tenacious coverage defender who isn’t afraid to involve himself in the running game. Williamson has said in the past that he can sometimes do too much thinking. Now that he has a year of experience as a starter, there should be less thinking. If he can grow as a safety and show his most disciplined self, then he could find himself in an NFL camp next year finally having reached his potential both physically and mentally.