Since taking over the Ohio State basketball program, Chris Holtmann has only impressed. With 12 games now under his belt, Holtmann has led the Buckeyes to an impressive 9-3 record. To go along with this, Ohio State is also 2-0 in conference games, tied for first place in the Big Ten with Michigan State and Purdue.
Holtmann hasn’t found this success on luck, though. Upon entering his first season, he brought Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class to No. 2 in the conference in a short amount of time. The program is also off and running in its 2018 class, already holding four verbal commitments with a ranking of No. 20 in the country.
But like Ohio State’s football program, Holtmann and his staff continue to build towards a successful future. To accomplish this, they are constantly on the recruiting trail working to build relationships with the best young basketball prospects in the country.
Ohio State knows it is never too early to offer a recruit and with this, the coaching staff has taken aim at the 2019 class. Late Monday afternoon, Zach Harvey (Topeka, KS/Hayden) was presented with an official scholarship offer from the Buckeyes. The offer is the twelfth for the 16-year-old combo-guard.
Harvey may be young, but he has shown enough in a short amount of time that some of the best college basketball programs in the country are taking note. Like previously mentioned, Harvey now holds 12 scholarship offers, including the likes of Kansas, Creighton, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oregon, UCLA, Northwestern, Nebraska, and Iowa.
He's also getting love from recruiting databases. Harvey already holds four-star status and is looked at as the No. 44 overall recruit in his class, the No. 3 CG, and the No. 3 player from the talent-rich state of Kansas, all according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. And if Harvey continues to improve in the way many are anticipating, expect him to climb even higher on the rankings.
It's early in Harvey’s recruitment, but hometown team Kansas is the clear favorite to land him. Bill Self and the Jayhawks’ coaching staff are some of the best recruiters in the country, and are great at securing talent from their home state.
However, Ohio State is not out of the running by any means. Holtmann has already proven to be one of the top recruiters in the country and if he is successfully able to bring Ohio State’s basketball program back to prominence, the Buckeyes will again be a popular destination for the best recruits in the country.
Crucial Ohio State commit appears all-in on Buckeyes
With college football’s first ever early signing period taking place this week, the recruiting world will be a circus leading up to Wednesday when recruits can officially sign their letters of intent.
In the meantime, college football is in a dead period which means we will likely see plenty of speculation on many of the biggest names in the country that are associated with Ohio State.
One of those names is Buckeye safety verbal commit Josh Proctor (Owasso, OK/Owassu.)
The four-star safety committed to Ohio State in somewhat surprising fashion back in April over home-state school Oklahoma. The decision came as a surprise because it came before he took an official visit to either school.
Because of this, Proctor’s commitment was looked at as questionable from the get-go. However, despite the constant questions and pestering from friends and family, Proctor continued to say the right things, despite taking the dreaded official visit to Oklahoma.
With the expectation of signing early, it appears Buckeye Nation received the confirmation they were hoping for Monday as Proctor took to Twitter donning Ohio State attire.
While a picture of him in Ohio State gear isn’t a direct confirmation, reading between the lines suggests the Buckeyes will be the team he selects this week.
Make sure to stay up-to-date with all things Ohio State recruiting during this busy week with Land-Grant Holy Land as we will have up-to-the-minute coverage leading up to and during the early signing period.