Ohio State got its third commitment for its 2019 recruiting class Monday night when four-star Indiana running back Sampson James announced on Twitter that he would be a Buckeye.
“I’ve been dreaming of a day like this since I was a little kid and it has finally come true,” James tweeted. “I will be attending THE Ohio State University in January. I am 110% COMMITTED.”
110% C O M M I T T E D @OSUCoachMeyer @CoachTonyAlford @SWiltfong247 pic.twitter.com/Fp6z0Q6wGn— Sampson (@Sjames_2) March 19, 2018
James ran for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns last year for Avon High School. At 6 feet 1 and 211 pounds, he is considered a workhorse-type runner.
James visited Michigan recently and had offers from about 20 schools, including several in the Big Ten.
He told 247Sports that he decided to commit to Ohio State after finishing his visit, something he hadn’t intended to do.
“I fell in love during the visit,” he said.
James will join a loaded backfield. Mike Weber is expected to leave for the NFL after the 2018 season, but J.K. Dobbins won’t be eligible for the NFL until the 2020 draft.
Antonio Williams also will be back in 2019, and the Buckeyes added a pair of blue-chip runners — Brian Snead and Master Teague — to their 2018 recruiting class.
James joins offensive tackles Doug Nester and Ryan Jacoby in the 2019 Ohio State recruiting class.