“Kyle Young is torn over whether to keep his commitment to the Butler basketball program... Young was recruited to Butler by Holtmann and assistant coach Ryan Pedon, who is following Holtmann to Ohio State.”
Reading between the lines of what Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said surrounding the end of the Thad Matta era, it is easy to see that this off-season’s lack of recruiting success might have been the final straw in the basketball coach’s tenure.
With that in mind, new OSU coach Chris Holtmann told reporters on Monday that he was on the phone to recruits within an hour of being cleared by the school’s compliance office. Whom he contacted is not known, but if he is ultimately able to get Young, arguably the biggest commit in Butler history, to reconsider and come to Columbus, that would be an immediate boost to the Buckeyes’ depleted roster.
The Massillon-native was the second rated player in Ohio from the 2017 class, and the 77th best player in the country, according to 247sports. Young, who has yet to enroll at Butler, would need to be released from his National Letter of Intent to be able to play at OSU.
With at least four known open roster spots for the Buckeyes entering the fall, landing a player of Young’s caliber could put the upcoming season in a slightly different light.
“Urban Meyer's 2017 recruiting class was the best recruiting class ever assembled in Ohio State history, at least when it comes to ratings on paper. This year's class has a chance to be even better. That's not an exaggeration. ”
It’s gotten to the point in recent years that any time a major football recruit decides not to accept an Ohio State scholarship offer, it is surprising. With 13 hard commits, 247sports currently ranks the Buckeyes’ class second nationally, behind only Miami, and with up to 12 more scholarships available, there is no doubt that Urban Meyer and staff will be adding more high-profile recruits through the first week of February.
Over recent years, the number of Ohio high school players on the OSU roster has dwindled a bit, as Meyer’s startling success on the field, and on draft day, has grown. However, Wasserman includes a handful of in-state players in his top-10 that are important not only for on-field success, but also in keeping the proverbial recruiting wall around the state.
Five-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman of Fairfield, four-star defensive end Tyreke Smith of Cleveland Heights, and 2018’s No. 2 athlete L’Christian “Blue” Smith of Huber Heights are all Buckeye-born players that would make a big splash for Meyer.
“Ohio State completed its strong spring scoring 566.25 of its total 1391.75 points to secure second place for the second consecutive year and third time in school history.”
Following a men’s volleyball national championship and strong showings in men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s track and field in the spring semester, for the second year in a row, the Ohio State Athletic department will finish second in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics’ Learfield Director’s Cup.
Stanford took its 23rd consecutive Cup with 1,536.00 points. Ohio State finished the year with 1,391.75, a difference of 144.25. In 2015-2016, the Buckeyes finished 220.5 points back; so the gap is closing!
The Buckeyes bested Michigan, who finished fourth overall, to take the Big Ten title by 217.5 points. Penn State (7th) and Wisconsin (15th) also finished in the top 20.
The cup is considered a reflection of the strength of an entire athletic department during an academic year, and while Ohio State has advantages that are nearly unmatched in collegiate sports, on the heels of what appears to be another successful coaching hire, it might be time to appreciate just what a fantastic job Gene Smith has done during his tenure at Ohio State.