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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 1/27 - DaVon Hamilton commits, Nick Ward offered

Get caught up with the latest in the world of Ohio State recruiting.

2015 DT Davon Hamilton
2015 DT Davon Hamilton

The Ohio State recruiting train is still full steam ahead with just over a week until National Signing Day 2015 rolls around, and the Buckeyes continue to add to their impressive recruiting class with the 25th commit of 2015. '15 defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton gave his pledge to Ohio State after flipping from Kentucky. Hamilton checks in at 6'3 and 285 pounds, and will join an already deep and loaded defensive line unit at Ohio State.

While for now it may not appear that he'll see the field right away, with the way Urban Meyer runs things, it's possible Hamilton can work his way to early playing time as long as he puts in the time and work ethic that coach Meyer and defensive line coach Larry Johnson are looking for.

Bucks look to add Little:

Meanwhile, Ohio State may be looking to try and flip a recruit who is already committed to another school. '16 offensive tackle Gregory Little received an offer from the Buckeyes on Monday, which he took to Twitter to celebrate about. The 6'5, 282-pound Little is rated as a five-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite and is ranked as the nation's number one prospect overall at any position for the class of 2016.

Although he's currently committed to Texas A&M, it appears Ohio State isn't afraid to push after the Allen, TX product. Little holds offers from some of the best schools in the country, including Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina, TCU, Texas, and USC. Little is a prospect you'll certainly want to keep an eye on and we'll be sure to bring you the latest news to see if coach Meyer and his staff can crack a dent in his commitment to the Aggies.

Matta looks to add to OSU frontcourt:

Switching to some basketball news, Ohio State offered '16 power forward Nick Ward on Monday. Ward is rated as a four-star under the 247Sports Composite and is ranked as the country's 15th-best power forward, along with being ranked the seventh-best player from the state of Ohio at any position from the class of 2016. Ward holds offers from Cincinnati, Dayton, Iowa, Kansas State, Miami, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin, and Xavier, among other schools.

Here's a scouting report on the talented Nick Ward from Land-Grant Holy Land's own Zach Fleer:

Bruising 6-foot-9, 235-pound big man that is by far the top post player in Ohio's 2016 class right now. Watching Ward this weekend next to an assistant coach at a prominent mid-major program, the coach referred to him as the "top player in the class and it's not even close." Ward has come a very long way in the last season or so, improving on his athleticism and finishing-ability around the rim. One of the country's top finishers, Ward is a traditional back-to-the-basket big man that has been working on improving his perimeter game, recently adding an 18-foot jump shot to his arsenal, but make no mistake, his bread and butter is on the block.

Also one of the state's top shot blockers, Ward is a master at timing his block attempts, and the big man is also skilled at turning those block attempts into rebounds, rather than swatting shots into the second row of the bleachers. Recently evaluated with Thad Matta last Friday, and Jeff Boals four days before that, Ward is definitely a high priority in Ohio State's 2016 recruiting class. In good position to land both Ward and Northland wing Seth Towns, Ohio State is making a clear effort to retain the state's top of the line talent in a really talented graduating class.

If that wasn't enough, we've got plenty of highlights of Ward for your viewing pleasure right below: