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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets - Markelle Fultz and Ambry Thomas offered

Both the football and basketball coaching staffs hit the recruiting trail hard on Wednesday.

Markelle Fultz
Markelle Fultz

Ohio State was busy yet again on the recruiting trail as four new offers went out on Wednesday. However, it wasn't just the football coaching staff rewarding prospects with an offer to play in Columbus. Head basketball coach Thad Matta sent out an offer of his own to one of the best shooting guards in the 2016 class.

DeMatha (MD) guard grabs OSU offer

Ohio State currently stands at fifth in the 2016 hoops recruiting rankings (second in the Big Ten) with commitments from Derek Funderburk of St. Edward (OH) and Micah Potter of Mentor (OH). But the Buckeyes aren't finished in the class and they are hoping to add another.

One of those players that the Buckeyes would love to add is '16 SG Markelle Fultz from DeMatha (MD). The 6'4, 170-pounder received an offer from Ohio State yesterday and they will now battle it out with many other top programs for the commitment of Fultz. The Scarlet and Gray joined universities like Arizona, Georgetown, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Xavier, and many more on Fultz' offer list.

As you can see, the offer sheet pretty much tells the story of just how good the Hyattsville native is. But in case you were wondering, Fultz grades out as the 34th-best player in the class, the seventh-best shooting guard, and the No. 1 player in MD.

Buckeyes hope to snag another Michigan prospect

It all started back in the 2014 recruiting cycle when Ohio State invaded enemy territory and were able to pull Damon Webb, the No. 2 player in the state, out of Michigan. The momentum continued into the next recruiting cycle, which was last year, when Mike Weber and Joshua Alabi committed and signed with the Buckeyes.

Heading into this cycle, the Buckeyes got busy early in the state as they have already sent out offers to the majority of Michigan's top ten prospects. It wasn't really a question whether or not Ohio State would pull yet another from the state, it seemed to be more of who it would be. A little under two weeks ago, that question was answered when '16 OT Micheal Jordan from Plymouth (MI) committed to Urban Meyer and the Bucks. It is worth mentioning that Ohio State is still in the mix for other Michigan prospects in this cycle like '16 WR Donnie Corley and '16 OL/DL Michael Onwenu.

Yesterday, the Buckeyes decided it was time to get started on some 2017 Michigan prospects. After already extending offers to WR Donovan Peoples-Jones and DE Corey Malone-Hatcher, it was CB Ambry Thomas who received an offer from the national champions on Wednesday.

Thomas is a 5'11, 165-pound cornerback from Martin Luther King High School in Detroit (MI). The four-star prospect has already grabbed offers from both in-state powerhouses and Arkansas, LSU, Penn State, Missouri, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia, among others.

Ohio State after two more in Florida

First year Buckeye running backs coach Tony Alford made his way down to the Sunshine State on Wednesday. One stop was to see '17 WR Daquon Green of Tampa Bay Tech. Green is a four-star player in the 2017 cycle and a top 25 player in a stacked state of Florida. During the stop, Alford extended an offer to the Tampa native.

The other offer went to '18 RB Brian Snead from Armwood (FL). The 5'11, 180 pounder is well on his way to being one of the best prospects in that cycle based on his offer sheet. Ohio State joined Florida, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina and others on that list.