Running back Mark Fletcher has decommitted from Ohio State

Running back Mark Fletcher has decommitted from Ohio State

Ryan Day and running backs coach Tony Alford landed a commitment from one of the country’s top 2023 running backs, Mark Fletcher from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage in April.

However, the past two weekends Fletcher has visited Miami and Florida, and thus the Ohio State staff had begun to look for other possibilities at running back.

And tonight Fletcher has announced that he has now decommitted from the Buckeyes. The news was posted on Twitter.

On Twitter Fletcher had this to say:

“First off, I would like to thank The Ohio State University, Coach Tony Alford, and Coach Ryan Day for offering me the privilege of playing football at the next level.

However, after long conversations discussing the best opportunities for me and my family, I have decided to decommit from The Ohio State University and reopen my recruitment.

Please respect my decision.

#Foreverhuble04

Love all the people who genuinely care for me and what I want in the life.”

Fletcher, who had 35 scholarship offers, narrowed his decision down to a final four of Ohio State, Miami, Michigan and Penn State before picking the Buckeyes.

On Tuesday evening the Buckeyes reached out to Louisville running back commitment Rueben Owens about visiting Ohio State for the Michigan game. Owens told Bucknuts on Tuesday night “I’ll see” when asked if he would visit Ohio State. They also have been continuing to recruit Alabama running back commitment justice haynes. Without Fletcher in the class the Buckeyes do not have a 2023 running back commitment. The Buckeyes search for a replacement for Fletcher will go full throttle now.

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Fletcher is a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports rankings. He is the country’s No. 202 overall prospect, the No. 9 running back and the No. 46 prospect in Florida.

Depth has been a problem this season for the Buckeyes because of injuries. The absolutely need to have at least one running back in their 2023 recruiting class, or if not land one via the transfer portal, or both.

Currently miyan williams and TreVeyon Henderson have been carrying the load and are very talented, but both have been battling injuries. Evan Pryor was lost for the season early in the year. The Ohio State staff has had to move linebacker Dea Monte Trayanum and wide receiver Xavier Johnson to run back for depth in recent weeks.

With the loss of Fletcher the Ohio State 2023 recruiting class now stands at 20 members. It has moved down one spot from No. 5 to No. 6 in the 247Sports Composite team recruiting rankings.

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