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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 11/14 - National signing day one recap

Recapping day one of basketball national signing day. Plus, Marcelys Jones gets his Army All-American jersey along with two other Buckeye targets.

Keita Bates-Diop (right) sent in his letter of intent for the Buckeyes.
Keita Bates-Diop (right) sent in his letter of intent for the Buckeyes.


Head coach Thad Matta and the basketball Buckeyes came away with good news on Wednesday as they officially received the national letter of intents from three of the four commits in the 2014 class.

'14 SF Jae'Sean Tate got things started early on Wednesday as he was the first of three to sign his LOI with the Buckeyes.The 4-star small forward from Pickerington Central High School in Ohio was also the first commit in the 2014 class.

Following Tate was '14 SF Keita Bates-Diop, who sent his LOI around 3 PM EST. The 4-star product from Illinois committed to the Buckeyes back in November of 2012. The 6'6, 180-pound Bates-Diop chose Ohio State over Illinois, Michigan, Purdue and others.

Finally, the Buckeyes received the final LOI on Wednesday from '14 PF Dave Bell. The Garfield Heights 4-star forward/center committed to the Buckeyes 9 months ago, where he picked OSU over Dayton, DePaul, Kent State, Wright State and Ohio University.

With three officially on board with the Buckeyes, the lone commit that has not given his LOI to Ohio State at this point is 4-star '14 SG D'Angelo Russell. If you think there's a commitment missing, that would be because head coach Thad Matta and the coaching staff lost out on the fifth and most recent commit in '14 PF Payton Dastrup, who just gave his verbal commitment to Ohio State last Thursday. Dastrup backed off of his pledge and decided to sign with the Cougars of BYU on Wednesday.

In some football news, Ohio State commit Marcelys Jones, a 2014 offensive guard, from the Buckeye pipeline Glenville High School, was officially given his Army All-American jersey yesterday. Jones was joined by his two teammates and Ohio State targets in Erick Smith and Marshon Lattimore. Both Smith and Lattimore were at the ceremony to accept their Army All-American jerseys as well. 5-star CB Marshon Lattimore also told ESPN's Brad Bournival that he would be taking an official visit to Columbus to visit Ohio State on December 13th along with the aforementioned Jones.