November 12, 2021

Burch, Buckeyes Grow Program with Four Signees

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kevin Burch, head coach of the Buckeyes, announced the signing of four recruits who will join the Ohio State program for the start of the 2023 season.

Dan Hurley, Jack O’Riodan, Shane Wetzel and Niko Williams all signed national letters of intent to become Buckeyes.

“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. “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.”

Dan Hurley (6-8, 215) joins the Buckeyes as an outside/opposite hitter. The Virginia Beach, Virginia, native, attends Frank W. Cox High School, where he has started and lettered each of the last four years. He is was the district player of the year as a junior and is a two-time first team all-regional selection. His team has been regional champions three times to date with the 2021 season still underway.

“The Virginia connections within this program have been strong for the past two years and we are excited to welcome Daniel and strengthen our Virginia roots,” Burch said. “Daniel will bring great size, versatility, and passion for the game, along with a great work ethic and exciting potential. We’re eager to welcome someone like Daniel, who not only has great potential on and off the court, but also a great understanding of what it takes to reach and expand that potential.”

Hurley played club volleyball for the Coastal Virginia VC (2017-present) where he has been a five-year starter.

Jack O’Riordan (6-8, 185) joins the Buckeyes as an outside hitter from Barrington (Illinois) High School. A Mid-Suburban Conference First Team selection in 2021, O’Riordan also is a member of the National Honor Society. He has played for both the Pipeline and Adversity volleyball clubs. Most recently he was on the roster with the USA NTDP U18/U19 Training Series.

“The growth and development of this class through the pandemic has been impressive and Jack is another great example,” Burch said. “Jack is a very determined young man who wants to be a part of something great. His potential is exciting, especially when you pair his size, talent and drive with the resources, support, and people in our athletic department. Jack will join fellow Adversity Volleyball Club alumni, Jack Stevens, on the Buckeye roster next fall.”

Shane Wetzel attends Lake Mary High School in Lake Mary, Florida. A four-year letter winner at opposite hitter, Wetzel (6-7, 200) was a first-team All-Seminole Athletics Conference selection as a junior.

“Championships are won and lost under pressure and Shane has proven to be at his best in the biggest moments,” Burch said. “We are excited to see him do the same when in Scarlett and Gray! More importantly, Shane gets what being a Buckeye is all about, the people and the experience. We couldn’t be happier to officially welcome Shane to the Buckeye volleyball family.”

A six-year member of the Winter Park Volleyball Club 18 Armour, Wetzel was the team MVP in 2021.

Niko Williams is a 6-6, 185-pound setter from Poway (Calif.) High School.  As a junior he averaged 9.3 assists a set with a season total of 736. For his career to date, he has played in 96 sets with a total of 778 assists for an average of 8.1 assists per set. He also averages 5.7 digs per match with a career total of 198.

“Niko continues the program’s strong California connection and will be one of five California Buckeyes on the roster next fall,” Burch said. “Niko’s growth over the past two years has been exciting to watch. His development is a testament to his hard work and resilience, given the challenges faced in the pandemic. He’s a passionate young man who made a strong connection with our guys and coaches from the beginning. We’re excited to see his continued growth in Columbus and look forward to the impact he’ll have in the classroom, on the culture and on the court.”

Also as a junior, Poway High School won the California Interscholastic Federation Open Division Championship and the Palomar League title with Williams earning All-CIF First Team, Frist Team All-Palomar League and CIF Player of the Year honors. He also was co-team MVP and a co-captain.

As a member of the Coast Club Volleyball team (2019-22), Williams led the team to a 53-3 record and was a three-time captain.

The 2022 season officially gets underway Jan 7 vs. Charleston (7 p.m.) at the Covelli Center in Columbus. For the complete 2022 Ohio State Men’s Volleyball Schedule, click HERE.

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