It’s been fairly quiet on the recruiting front for Ohio State. The 2013 recruiting class is not complete, far from it, but it seems like Ohio State’s staff has been more interested in the 2014 and 2015 offers. There are still a few big names left on the board for this year’s recruiting class, but no real progress toward that end in November. While Ohio State looks to finish this year’s recruiting class strong in December and January of next year, Ohio State added a preferred walk-on to this class at the fullback position. William Houston, Jr, the son of former Buckeye William Houston, Sr, accepted the opportunity to walk on the Buckeyes’ program.
Houston had just one scholarship offer, from Bowling Green. He had drawn mostly MAC-level interest, though was hearing from programs like Louisville, Michigan, Penn State, and South Carolina. The opportunities were all the same: preferred walk-on. Ohio State had expressed a similar interest in William Houston, offering him the position to walk on the Ohio State football program. This offer came in March of this year. Houston understandably took the opportunity to explore other options, though he noted that his father’s time at Ohio State made junior a lifelong fan of the local college team. He eventually said yes to the Buckeyes after watching a practice this evening.
There is some confusion about what exactly the coaching staff saw in Houston. A fullback in most recruiting catalogs, it’s conceivable the Ohio State coaches saw him as a linebacker. Per Houston, he will factor into the Buckeyes’ emerging fullback/tight end rotation as coached by Tim Hinton.
“I talked with the coaches and they say I can come in right away with (enrolling) early to help out on special teams early,” he said. “I’ll be the only fullback/H-back on campus, so it will definitely give me a chance to earn my spot and maybe a scholarship. I can definitely fill that role and help out a lot in the offense.”
As the quote suggests, Houston will graduate in December and begin school in January. The “preferred”-ness of the walk-on offer indicates he’s a candidate for a scholarship in the near future, though I am unaware of what the prospects are. Urban Meyer awarded several scholarships to walk-ons, though typically later into their careers. This is rather standard for all coaches not named Nick Saban. That Ohio State is getting some small (but measurable) scholarship reductions for the next few years complicates my ability to project on this matter. Regardless, Ohio State is getting a solid addition to the 2013 recruiting class in William Houston. Film is below the fold.