Marcus Whitfield next in line at Massillon

MASSILLON, Ohio -- Massillon (Ohio) Washington has no shortage of BCS-level prospects on its roster, and its best 2014 prospect could be Marcus Whitfield.

The dynamic receiver/safety is a playmaker on both sides of the ball, and he’s garnering interest from schools already.

Whitfield participated at a camp at Ohio State in June, and Buckeyes co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers has recruited him ever since.

“He pulled me aside -- I went as as a receiver -- and he pulled me aside and we just did some one-on-one stuff,” Whitfield said. “After we did the drills he told me he really liked me and wanted to start looking at me.”

The problem is Ohio State receivers coach Zach Smith wants him, too.

Whitfield has ties to Ohio State, too. His grandfather, Dave, was a captain for the Buckeyes in the 1960s.

“He tells me all the stories,” Whitfield said laughing. “Before games he’ll tell me stuff he did.”

So if the Buckeyes offer, would Whitfield jump on it?

“I’m only a junior. If they were to offer me right now as a junior I’d probably wait,” he said, “but if they offered me my senior year I’d probably commit.”

Toledo close to offering Whitfield, who will surely receive several scholarship offers by signing day 2014.