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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 10/9 - Payton Dastrup could be key for basketball class

With Ohio State losing out on another big man, Thad Matta is now turning to Arizona native Payton Dastrup. Four-star receiver Trevion Armstrong has began to hear from the Buckeyes and check out how Curtis Samuel is doing so far this season.


On a slow recruiting day, the biggest news of the day came when highly touted center Elbert Robinson made his decision to take his talents to LSU next year. There's no answer as to why the hardwood Bucks aren't having much success with the big men, but there's no doubt that Thad Matta and his staff will continue their search to find one for the 2014 class.

An emerging candidate could be four-star Payton Dastrup. At 6'9", Dastrup holds offers from BYU, Arizona, Arizona State, UNLV and obviously, the Buckeyes. Most importantly, the Arizona native is scheduled to be in Columbus on the weekend of October 18th, which he first told Land-Grant Holy Land last week. There's nothing more that coach Matta would want then a commitment from the big man. Currently, Dastrup is a crystal ball lock to BYU, according to 247Sports, but we all know the tide can change at anytime once a prospect sets foot an campus. Living on the west coast, the regional schools will be tough to beat, but given Matta's success on the recruiting trail, Ohio State will never be completely out of any race. This is a huge one to keep an eye on moving forward as things will start to heat up closer and closer to this visit date. Since summer, Dastrup has been on visits at Arizona, BYU, and Virginia last weekend.

To football, current New York commit Curtis Samuel has continued his terror, ripping through competition so far during his senior campaign. One of the most explosive athletes in the entire class of 2014, Samuel's elite speed has him primed for a huge career as a Buckeye. Check out his highlights as we are midway through the high school football season.

2015 wide receiver Trevion Armstrong is starting to accumulate some interest from Ohio State. Standing at 6'4", Armstrong is exactly the type of wide out the Buckeyes would love to have at this point. He's a big, tall, physical receiver and is the perfect compliment to the guys Urban Meyer has brought in with the last two classes. A four-star prospect from Virginia, Trevion's favorite could be Virginia Tech as we stand right now, but it's way too early to peg him as a lock there. Ohio State is on him early and this one should be interesting as we move along through fall and into the spring.

Quick Hits:

-Ohio State basketball target Isaiah Briscoe will take two visits this month to Syracuse and St. Johns.