Things might not be going as well as fans would have hoped when it comes to Ohio State basketball over the past couple of games. The Buckeyes have dropped their past two games, to Michigan and Michigan State, after beating down lowly Rutgers and Penn State. Sitting at 19-8 and with only four regular season games remaining, Ohio State has some work to do on the court. Off the court, things might be looking up a bit for the Buckeyes.
'16 shooting guard Tyus Battle whittled down his list of schools to seven remaining teams. Louisville, Connecticut, Michigan, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Duke were the teams to make the next round of cuts. A big reason the Buckeyes remain in the fight is because of the work head coach Thad Matta has done to stay in contact with the five-star recruit. Matta was just recently visiting Battle to watch him shoot on Feb. 19, and has made sure Ohio State is on the mind of the prize recruit.
2016 Gill St. Bernard’s (NJ) guard Tyus Battle has cut his list to Louisville, UConn, Michigan, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Ohio State & Duke.— Alex Kline (@TheRecruitScoop) February 23, 2015
The 6'6, 205-pound Battle is ranked as the nation's 13th-best prospect at any position, the fourth-best shooting guard, and the number one recruit from the state of New Jersey. As you can see below, most of the 247Sports Crystal Ball experts have Battle pegged as a Duke Blue Devil, with Syracuse hanging on with a few votes themselves. For now Ohio State still has some work to do, but making the top seven should go a long way in helping Matta earn some more talking time.
Bruce Judson to attend Spring Game
'17 athlete/dual-threat quarterback Bruce Judson gave his commitment to Ohio State on Jan. 13 of this year, just one day after the Buckeyes sealed up their first national championship of the Urban Meyer era. Judson has now become one of the core members of the 2017 recruiting class, along with prospects like Danny Clark, Shaun Wade, and Josh Myers.
Now, Judson is ready to continue his good relationship with the coaching staff and get more accustomed to the campus by taking a visit to Ohio State for the spring game. It makes sense that Judson would want to visit for the spring game too, considering he can meet up with several other '17 recruits and get in their ear a little about joining Ohio State's class. With such a strong start early on, it can't hurt to put scarlet and gray-colored ideas into fellow recruits' heads.
As for Judson himself, the 5'10, 176-pound athlete is rated as a four-star under the 247Sports ratings and is ranked as the nation's 17th-best prospect at any position, third-best athlete in the country, and fourth-best player from the state of Florida. Judson has also been clocked at a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash, meaning he's got plenty of speed to bring to the Buckeyes in the future.