Simmons sets official
Some big news dropped yesterday, and surprisingly enough it wasn't on the gridiron side of things. It was head coach Thad Matta and the basketball staff who received good news on Wednesday. According to Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com, '16 G Kobi Simmons, the 8th-best player in the country, will make an official visit to Ohio State.
2016 PG Kobi Simmons will take an official visit to Ohio State on September 18th, source told @CBSSports. Top-10 player in class.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) August 5, 2015
Could the Buckeyes really add another prospect to the class? Right now, technically they are out of spots. '16 PF/C's Derek Funderburke and Micah Potter are the two occupying those spots, but there has been some buzz about Potter possibly reclassifying to 2017. That is likely something that has to happen in order for Simmons to be a part of the current 17th-ranked class in the country. Nonetheless, the Buckeyes won't turn down the five-star guard, so we'll see what happens if he wants in.
Walker's visit concludes
After a lengthy trip to Tempe, Arizona to visit with the Arizona State Sun Devils, some concerns were raised on the status of '16 RB Kareem Walker and his pledge to the Buckeyes. However, the DePaul Catholic (NJ) standout made his way to Columbus for an early week visit and the reviews were exactly what Ohio State had hoped for.
247Sports' Bill Kurelic had a brief discussion with Walker on Wednesday and the fringe five-star prospect told him that the he had a "great time" in Columbus. The most important takeaway from the discussion was that Walker continued by saying he is "100% committed to Ohio State."
Two from IMG feeling OSU
ESPN's Gerry Hamilton made his way down to IMG Academy (FL) yesterday, which is home to two 2016 Ohio State pledges -- Malik Barrow and Tyler Gerald. It's also the program that holds many Ohio State targets and two of them spoke on their high interest with the Buckeyes.
'17 WR Emmanuel Greene arrived at the media day sporting an Ohio State hat. The four-star prospect went on to tell Hamilton that he would sign with Miami (FL) or Ohio State, if National Signing Day were today. The other prospect to speak highly of the Buckeyes was '17 OT Cam Spence. According to Hamilton, Spence, a 6'5, 285-pounder, announced that Ohio State and Penn State were two schools who stood out. Looking at the 247Sports Crystal Ball, some are predicting OSU to secure his pledge eventually.