On November 7th, which was last Thursday, Ohio State received a commitment from '14 4-star power forward Payton Dastrup, who was supposedly leaning heavily to BYU at the time. Despite those rumors, the Buckeyes got a great commitment and were excited about the possibilities with Dastrup in the '16 class (he had designs on taking a two year Mormon mission). Now, Dastrup has had a change of heart, announcing that he will be signing with BYU later today, finalizing his decommitment from Ohio State.
BREAKING: Four-star big man Payton Dastrup has decommitted from Ohio State and will sign with BYU today.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDanielsFOX) November 13, 2013
Dastrup, the 95th overall player and 19th power forward in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, isn't afraid to go up against the most dominating big men or step outside and show off his smooth jump shot, as he has shown time after time on both the Prep and AAU level. As a junior for Mission View, he averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds, two block shots a game and was named Mesa All-District Player of the Year.
According to Scout.com, Dastrup simply felt "more comfortable" with BYU as his decision. Here's more from Dastrup:
"I just felt more comfortable with BYU," Dastrup told Scout.com. "After I did commit, two days following I wasn't miserable, but there was something missing. That's why I changed."
We'll have the latest updates on where the Buckeyes focus their attentions now.