What a long strange trip it’s been for Justin Ahrens and his Ohio State recruitment.
While there were no question some bumps on the road for Ahrens, a Thad Matta pledge, who decommitted from the Buckeyes, everything ended the way he wanted.
Re-committing to Ohio State over the likes of Michigan, and Xavier after visiting the Columbus campus to get more familiar with Chris Holtmann and new look Buckeye coaching staff, Ahrens, the younger brother of current Michigan State shooting guard Kyle Ahrens, is now officially an Ohio State student athlete after signing his national letter of intent on Wednesday.
“I picked OSU because I am determined to help this program get back to the top and I want to be on the front end of this all. I also love the players and coaching staff we get along really well. I love it there.” The 6’5 181-pound senior small forward from Versailles stated to Land-Grant Holy Land soon after his commitment to the Buckeyes in September.
One of the top shooters in the Midwest, Ahrens, the 42nd small forward, and 176th overall prospect in the class of 2018, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings, will add another more than capable option on the perimeter for Holtmann and the Buckeyes next season and beyond.
Named the Division III Co-Player of the Year in the state of Ohio, Ahrens averaged 23 points a contest last season as a junior to help pace the Versailles Tigers to an overall record of 27-2 and a state playoff berth.
“Ahrens is a southpaw forward who bases his game around the three-point line. He provides a floor spacer with a smooth release who is capable of getting hot with his jumper at any point and making shots in bunches.” - ESPN