April was a month in which Ohio State was able to land two 2016 basketball commits. The first came in the form of '16 PF Derek Funderburk of St. Edwards (OH), and '16 C Micah Potter of Mentor (OH) joined him a little over two weeks after.
But the Buckeyes are still searching for a perimeter player to bring into the class, and one hopeful is '16 PG/SG Kobi Simmons. The 6'5, 170-pounder is a Georgia native who currently attends St. Francis High School. Simmons is currently graded as the eighth best player in the class, and the very best combo guard and Peach State prospect in the cycle. Those numbers peg Simmons as a five-star player and his offer sheet backs up that claim.
While the Buckeyes are hoping to pull Simmons out of the state of Georgia, they will have to beat out many of the top programs in the country. Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and many more have given Simmons the opportunity to play at their program.
Yesterday, in a interview with Adam Zagoria, Simmons broke down some of the schools that were recruiting him the hardest. Schools of mention would be Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Ohio State, and UNC. Simmons also went on to discuss a handful of programs. Here's what he said about the Buckeyes.
"I like Ohio State’s program a lot. They contact me a lot, and their coaches are honest with me. I liked my visit up there, and I know their entire staff. There’s a lot to like about them. I mean look at what they did with D’Angelo Russell; that’s all I've got to say." - Kobi Simmons to Adam Zagoria
Bucks offer JUCO OT
It was '16 JUCO OT Garrett Bolles who was on the receiving end of an Ohio State offer on Wednesday. Bolles, a 6'5, 290-pounder, is a Utah native and is currently attending Snow College. According to 247Sports' Composite JUCO rankings, the four-star prospect is the second best JUCO player in the country.
At the moment, Bolles is a part of BYU's 2016 recruiting class but many of the nation's best schools are pursuing him. 15 other programs including Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Ole Miss, Oregon, and now Ohio State have all offered the Cougar commitment.
It's interesting to note that Ohio State has only landed one JUCO prospect since hiring Urban Meyer. That player would be Corey Smith, an Akron native, who went the JUCO route and attended East Mississippi C.C. Offering JUCO prospects isn't something that the Buckeye coaching staff does very often either. Since inking Meyer, you could likely list 10 or so junior college kids that have received an Ohio State offer. We will see how this further develops.
Irish offer Williamson
It was a little under two weeks ago when Ohio State held their annual spring game, which broke the all-time attendance record. On that day, the Scarlet and Gray were able to land commitments from a few players. One of those was '17 CB Marcus Williamson from Westerville South (OH).
Prior to his commitment, Williamson already had programs like Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, and others who had extended an offer. That list will continue to extend even though he is a Buckeye commit. It was Notre Dame who sent out an offer to the current four-star player yesterday.
Notre Dame Offer— Marcus Williamson (@WW_Marcus) April 29, 2015