Ohio State lands two recruits with championship-laden histories

The defending NCAA champions have added two more recruits who have a history of winning championships.

Ohio State announced Tuesday that high school seniors Spencer Lawrence and Robbie Murphy have committed to play for the Buckeyes beginning in 2018.


“Both Robbie and Spencer are the type of individuals who will help our program remain competitive at the highest levels in the NCAA,” coach Pete Hanson said in a statement. “We look forward to having these two fine student-athletes joining our program next Fall.

Lawrence, a 6-foot-4 middle attacker from Costa Mesa, California, helped guide his club team to two gold medals at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships and earned All-Tournament Team honors in 2015. He also was a high school first-team all-conference selection for the last two seasons and in 2015 led the league in blocking.

Along with his own accomplishments, his older brother Kyle Lawrence was a member of the 2011 Ohio State team that won the program’s first NCAA championship.

Murphy, a 6-foot-5 outside attacker from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, led his high school team to an undefeated 42-0 record and its second consecutive state championship. In addition, Murphy served as a team captain in club volleyball for three years, and in each of those seasons the team reached the National Championships.

Ohio State ended last season winning its second national championship in the last five years. The Buckeyes play host to the 2017 NCAA Tournament and return a majority of starters from last year’s championship team, including outside attacker Nicolas Szerszen who was the 2016 AVCA National Player of the Year.