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4-star recruit Marvin Harrison Jr, son of Hall of Fame WR, commits to Ohio State

The Philadelphia native will arrive in Columbus in 2021.
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St. Joseph's Prep Marvin Harrison Jr. catches a first half touchdown against St. John's College High School in Piscataway, NJ on Friday, September 6, 2019.

PHILADELPHIA — One of the top recruits in the country is coming to Columbus, and he certainly has some Hall of Fame credentials backing him up.

Wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. announced Thursday he has committed to Ohio State, joining an already stacked 2021 recruiting class. The junior from St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia made it official when he tweeted out a picture of himself wearing the famous scarlet and gray uniform.

While Harrison is already a big name in the football world, his name will sound familiar due to an even more famous receiver: Marvin Harrison Sr. played in the NFL for 13 years with the Indianapolis Colts, becoming the favorite target of legendary quarterback Peyton Manning. The elder Harrison finished his career with eight All-Pro selections, 14,580 yards, 128 touchdowns, and a Super Bowl ring before retiring in 2008, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

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Indianapolis Colts receiver Marvin Harrison, right, scores on a 24-yard pass from quarterback Peyton Manning in front of Tennessee Titans defender Andre Dyson in the first quarter in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2004.

The younger Harrison is currently ranked as a four-star recruit and the eighth-best wide receiver (54th overall) in the class of 2021, according to 247Sports. As a sophomore in 2018 he helped lead the St. Joseph's Hawks to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association 6A state championship by catching 50 passes for 724 yards and eight touchdowns. Besides OSU, he had offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, LSU, and Florida, among others.

Harrison Jr. is the sixth player to commit to the Buckeyes in the 2021 class. That includes fellow receiver Jayden Ballard from Massillon Washington, whom 247Sports has ranked 12th at the position.

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