Crystal Ball turning Scarlet and Gray
Could the tide be turning for one of Ohio State's biggest remaining targets in the 2016 class? After previously being pegged to the in-state Spartans of Michigan State by many recruiting analysts around the country including myself, one is changing his tune on where Donnie Corley may land.
On Wednesday, 247Sports' Sean Scherer, who covers Michigan State for the site, cast a favorable prediction for the Detroit Martin Luther King (MI) standout pass-catcher. The prediction was that Corley, who Ohio State had to convince to take an official visit to before making a decision, will wind up as a Buckeye.
We'll see if this means that Scherer has inside knowledge on the situation or if he is just going off of a gut feeling. But either way, it's something to keep an eye on. Ohio State, if they were able to reel in the top flight receiver from enemy territory, would be bringing in a very impressive duo with him and '16 WR Austin Mack.
Michigan State recruiting insider @SeanScherer247 just put in a crystal ball for 2016 4⭐️ WR Donnie Corley to Ohio State.— tOSU Recruiting (@tOSURecruiting) December 23, 2015
OSU coaches visits Johnson
According to 270Hoops.com, Ohio State head coach Thad Matta and assistant coach Jeff Boals were in attendance for the Dublin Jerome (OH) - East Tech (OH) matchup on Wednesday night. The Buckeye coaches were checking out '17 PG Markell Johnson, who is a member of the Scarabs squad and is a four-star prospect.
Ohio State head coach Thad Matta in the house at Dublin Jerome checking out '17 East Tech PG Markell Johnson— 270 Hoops (@270Hoops) December 24, 2015
Thad Matta joined by assistant coaches Jeff Boals and Dave Dickerson. Ohio State throwing the full court press at Markell Johnson— 270 Hoops (@270Hoops) December 24, 2015
At the moment, Johnson has yet to receive an offer from Ohio State. But if he keeps performing the way he has been, you can expect the 6'0, 160-pounder to get that offer sooner rather than later. For now, Johnson holds offers from the likes of Cleveland State and Louisville. Surely many more programs will be joining the picture and trying to get into the mix with the Cleveland native.
Despite being on the losing end, Johnson was able to finish the game with 21 points, two rebounds and five assists in the contest. We'll see if that is enough to impress the OSU coaches and lead to an offer from the in-state standout guard.