Baltimore,Maryland native and 2013 Ohio State commit Kam Williams had the chance to check out the campus he will call home the next years over the weekend. While on his visit to Columbus, Williams also had the opportunity to vibe with his future coaches and teammates and take in the Buckeyes 68-55 victory over Illinois Sunday afternoon. Even though the 6-2 175 lb guard is probably counting down the minutes till he suits up in the scarlet and gray the four star Williams still has some unfinished business on the high school hardwood. Kam leads his Mount St. Joesph squad into action Thursday evening versus Bishop O'Connell (VA) in the 53rd Alahambra Catholic Invitational basketball tournament. Land-Grant Holy Land had the opportunity to speak with Williams and get a little inside view into how his weekend went.
The visit was awesome from start to finish. They showed me all the new additions like the locker room and pools. Then I got in the gym, which was great, I put up about 500 shots (hit 334 of 504). All the guys showed love, cool dudes and of course the game was great, big time atmosphere, great crowd. I really had a great time.
As a future Ohio State baller watched the game a potential Buckeye was also court side Sunday. Esa Ahmad, a 2015 forward out of Shaker Heights made the short trip down to Columbus with his family and coach to meet with the staff and watch the game. Even though the 6'8 210 lb sophomore hasn't been offered by the Buckeyes just yet, he has been getting increased interest from the staff to go along with offers from Dayton, Xavier and the Miami Hurricanes. Ahmad definitely went out and proved he is worth all the hype on the court and was recently named the NOC valley player of the year for his outstanding play. I had the chance to catch up with Shaker Heights head coach Danny Young Jr. and asked him how the visit went:
The visit went very well. We sat right behind the Ohio State bench. They took us in the back to talk with the team and visit with the coaches. We met Jared Sullinger and Greg Oden. Coach Matta and Jeff Boals talked with us about coming back down in the spring. The game was fantastic, the atmosphere was electric.
The good news kept rolling in for Thad Matta and staff Sunday. After 2014 five-star guard JaQuan Lyle kept the Buckeyes on his trimmed list of six schools Saturday another five-star joined him Sunday. Tyus Jones announced he is now down to seven teams, Ohio State, Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Minnesota round out the list for the 6'1 175 pound top point guard in the nation. Ohio State's top 2014 big man target Jahlil Okafor Chicago,IL/Whitney Young) has stated that he and Jones are pretty much a package deal. Check out some highlights of Tyus Jones in action:
Now to the football Buckeyes, by no ones surprise 2014 Michigan wide receiver Drake Harris de-committed from Michigan State. The 6'4 185 lb Harris was set to play basketball for the Spartans but had a change of heart when football powers such as Ohio State and Alabama came calling. From the sounds of things the Buckeyes could be expecting a visit from Harris very soon. Everyday it seems like Buckeye JUCO offensive tackle target Jermaine Eluemunor adds another scholarship to his list, today was no different. The 6-6 300 pound beast was offered by the Florida Gators putting his scholarship total to 17.
As one Buckeye target is offered by an SEC school another commits to one. Ball hawk safety Todd Kelly Jr. will follow in his fathers footsteps and suit up for the Tennessee Volunteers. The 6'1 210 pound 2014 prospect visited Columbus last month and had a great time but at the end of the day it wasn't enough to keep him from committing to his hometown team.
I have officially committed to play football at the University of Tennessee #VFL— Todd Kelly (T.K.) (@ToddKellyJr6) March 10, 2013
Urban Meyer might not have been able to land Kelly but that's not keeping the Buckeye leader from trying to bring more talent to Columbus. Ohio State offered Brooklyn, New York native Thomas Holley over the weekend. Holley, a four-star defensive tackle has blown up recently which led to offers from the likes of Alabama, Nebraska and Notre Dame. The offer train didn't stop with Holley, Monday evening Ohio State offered CJ Reavis a four-star safety out of Virginia. The 6-2 200 pounder has put together a pretty nice scholarship list with teams such as Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin all after him. I had the chance to speak with Reavis on how it feels to be offered by a program such as Ohio State.
Coach Withers hit me up and we talked, then he told me I had an offer. It is such a high honor to be offered by Ohio State, I feel very blessed.