Ohio State adds more championship experience with latest recruiting class

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Coach Kevin Burch is continuing to add players with championship experience to a program that has won three national titles in the last 10 years.

Burch announced that high school seniors Dan Hurley, Jack O’Riordan, Shane Wetzel and Niko Williams have all signed national letters of intent to join Ohio State beginning in the 2023 season.

“You win with people, and we’re thrilled to bring in four young men that will represent the Buckeye volleyball family well on and off the court,” Burch said in a statement. “We have been impressed with their rapid growth throughout the pandemic and we look forward to seeing that resilience, hard work and drive in Columbus next fall.”


Williams, 6-foot-6 setter from Poway, California,earned state player of the year honors earlier this year and guided his high school team to a state title. The setter for his high school career is averaging both 8.1 assists per game and 5.7 digs per game.

Hurley, a 6-foot-8 pin hitter from Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a two-time all-regional selection with his high school tema. In addition, Hurley during his junior season was named the district player of the year as he led his school to its third consecutive regional championship.

O’Riordan, a 6-foot-8 outside attacker from Barrington, Illinois, earned first-team all-conference honors earlier this year. He also was recently named to the roster for the USA Volleyball National Team Development Program Training Series.

Wetzel, a 6-foot-7 opposite from Lake Mary, Florida, was a first-team all-conference selection with his high school team last year. The opposite with his club team was named the team’s most valuable player in 2021.

Ohio State returns a majority of its starters for the upcoming season after ending the 2021 season in fifth place in the MIVA and advancing to the conference tournament quarterfinals.