On Sunday, the Buckeyes picked up the third commitment of the 2015 basketball recruiting class as '15 SG Austin Grandstaff gave Ohio State his verbal pledge. The knockdown shooter from Rockwall, Texas is a four-star prospect and one of the better options at the position nationally. Grandstaff presently sits as the nations 36th highest ranked player, the fifth best two guard in the country and the fourth best player from the Lone Star State in the 247Sports Composite rankings. The 6'5, 190-pounder was about as highly-touted as they come. OSU's latest commitment had offers from Arizona, Florida, Georgetown, Iowa State, Marquette, Maryland, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Virginia and many more.
Accompanying Grandstaff in the class is '15 PG AJ Harris and '15 SF Mickey Mitchell. The first member of the current No. 2 ranked class in the country was the 5'9, 160-pound Harris. The Dayton Dunbar guard is also a four-star prospect and checks in as the nation's fourth best point guard. Harris committed to the Buckeyes back on the 12th of August last summer. Just 10 days later, the Buckeyes were glad to add Prestonwood Christian small forward Mickey Mitchell. The four-star from Texas sits just two spots lower than Grandstaff at 38th in the country. Mitchell is also the ninth ranked SF in the country and the fifth best player in the state of Texas.
But who could be next in line to join the talented trio?
The most realistic option at this time would be '15 PF Esa Ahmad. The Shaker Heights Red Raider finally picked up an offer from the Buckeyes four days ago while he was on campus for an unofficial visit. The in-state four-star prospect has double digit offers to his name: Indiana, Iowa State, Miami, Maryland, Ohio State, and West Virginia just to name a few. Ohio State seems to be in great shape to land the nation's 63rd ranked player. Ahmad should definitely be on commitment watch as he could pull the trigger to join the talented trio in Columbus any day.
The Buckeyes surely want to add a big-man to the 2015 recruiting class. One player that they would be ecstatic to land would be '15 PF Carlton Bragg. The 6'8, 190-pounder is the best player in the state of Ohio and the ninth overall player in the class. Bragg is a five-star and while the Buckeyes do have a chance to keep him in state, it will not be easy. The two giving Ohio State the most concern when it comes to landing Bragg are Kentucky and Kansas. This will be an interesting recruitment to keep an eye on as the Crystal Ball for the five-star reads 48% for the Wildcats, 33% for the Buckeyes and 18% for the Jayhawks.
The Buckeyes will try and invade Georgia to bring '15 C Daniel Giddens in the class. A potential pledge from the four-star center would be the biggest pick-up of the class for Ohio State. Giddens is the classes 31st ranked player, the seventh best center in the country and the third best hailing from the Peach State. The Wheeler High School big-man hasn't opened up much about his recruitment but the 247Sports Crystal Ball currents pegs him as a Buckeye. Matta was at the EYBL tournament in late April to check out the 6'10, 235-pounder.
With the Buckeyes in pretty good shape for these three prospects, they should definitely be able to have a top five recruiting class for 2015 when it is all said and done. We will keep you updated on all things Ohio State recruiting as it happens.