WR/S Marcus Whitfield favors Ohio State

When bloodlines ooze scarlet and gray, it’s tough for family members not to think like a Buckeye.

Marcus Whitfield (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) has an offer from Toledo and interest from Michigan State, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Penn State and Virginia. But his grandfather Dave was a captain for the Buckeyes’ 1969 squad, so he’s grown up watching and rooting for the Buckeyes.

Marcus attended Ohio State’s Sept. 8 game against UCF and on Sept. 29 was in East Lansing, Mich., to see the Buckeyes play Michigan State. As a guest of the Spartans, Whitfield liked Michigan State, but he came away more impressed with his experience at Ohio State.

“It was a wild game,” Whitfield said of the Michigan State contest. “I liked the campus. I liked everything about the place, but I liked OSU better. I got to talk to all the coaches except [Urban] Meyer.”

The Buckeyes haven’t offered Whitfield yet, but the 5-foot-11, 174-pound junior thinks that might happen soon. If it does, the wide receiver/safety said they would probably be the favorite.

“It’s all the simple stuff,” he said. “I always liked them. My grandfather played there. It’s just a lot of things.”

Whitfield had a chance to show off his skills last week against Austintown Fitch. He caught six passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, he led a squad that held the Falcons to 62 yards of offense through the air and didn’t allow a passing touchdown.