Canton McKinley junior Eric Glover-Williams plans to take his versatile skill-set to Columbus in two years.
Glover-Williams committed to play football on scholarship at Ohio State on Sunday, not knowing what position he will play for the Buckeyes.
Glover-Williams, 16, is the first member of OSU’s 2015 football recruiting class.
“When I went down there to Ohio State I felt like I was at home,” Glover-Williams said. “I am excited to be part of that atmosphere. The players and coaches are all very cool. It felt like my high school experience, but at a different level, the college level. I am also intrigued by the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry. I love playing in the Canton-Massillon rivalry.”
Glover-Williams, a four-star ESPN Junior 300 recruit with a 4.34 40-yard-dash time, played quarterback for McKinley last season. He is being recruited as a slot receiver, but is ranked highly as a running back as well (No. 9 at that position, according to Scout.com). He’s also highly touted as a cornerback.
“Ohio State is a great fit for Eric,” McKinley football coach Todd Filtz said. “All along he wanted to play in a spread offense in college where his talents could be highlighted. I think Urban Meyer’s offense is perfect for his style of play. I also know he’s a big OSU fan.”
Tennessee offered him a scholarship to play football and baseball (he also stars as a second baseman, center fielder and right-handed pitcher), but he decided to stay in Ohio.
Florida, West Virginia, Louisville, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan State, Nebraska and Pittsburgh offered Glover-Williams a football scholarship. Akron, Kent State and OSU have each shown interest in baseball too.
Glover-Williams, who is 5-foot-10½ and 168 pounds, completed 75-of-154 passes for 1,114 yards and tossed 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions last season. He rushed 243 times for 1,574 yards and 22 touchdowns.
“It is up in the air right now as to where Eric will play on the field for Ohio State, but knowing Eric, he will play anywhere on the field,” Filtz said.
Filtz also said that if another quarterback on McKinley’s roster steps up, they’ll move Glover-Williams to another position. If nobody emerges, he’ll line up under center.
Rossetti commits to Toledo
Marissa Rossetti, a 2013 St. Vincent-St. Mary graduate, will continue running at the University of Toledo.
Rossetti is going to run cross country and compete in track and field for the Rockets after a standout career with the Irish.
“I am really excited,” Rossetti said. “This is a very good opportunity for me. I want to get better, and I think Toledo is a great fit for me.”
Rossetti helped St. V-M win four consecutive Division II team state titles. She finished eighth individually as a junior and ninth as a senior.
As a junior, she helped the Irish girls win the Division II track team championship and ran on the 3,200-meter relay that won a state title. As a senior, she helped the Irish place second in the 3,200 relay and sixth in the 1,600 relay, and she was fourth in the 1,600.
“Marissa Rossetti is the absolute epitome of your silent superstar,” St. V-M cross country and track and field coach Dan Lancianese said. “She is loyal to a fault, in that she will sacrifice for the sake of the team. She sacrifices her potential ability to help younger runners pace themselves and run better.
“I think her career will take off at Toledo. She has a record that no one else can match, in that she has won four state titles [with her teammates in cross country]. Others can do that, but they can’t top that.”
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