A new coaching staff often means big changes on the recruiting front. Now, the Buckeyes have a completely clean 2018 slate, as their last commitment from the Thad Matta era is re-opening his options.
Per Zach Fleer, four-star SG Dane Goodwin has decommitted from Ohio State, although he will continue to consider the Buckeyes.
'18 Upper Arlington SG Dane Goodwin has opened his recruitment and decommitted from Ohio State. He will still consider OSU, however.— Zach Fleer (@ZachFleer270) June 21, 2017
Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch appears to confirm the report.
I have a story posting to Dispatch dot com, but Dane Goodwin has decommitted from the #Buckeyes and is reopening his recruitment.— Adam Jardy (@AdamJardy) June 21, 2017
Goodwin, a 6-4, high four-star shooting guard, has seen his profile rise after an exceptional high school season. He’s currently ranked as the 4th best player in the state of Ohio, and in the top 75 nationally, per the 247 Sports Composite.
Earlier in June, Goodwin reaffirmed his commitment to the program, and had been a Buckeye commitment since 2014, but clearly, something has changed.
The Buckeyes badly need guards, especially guards that can space the floor like Goodwin, and the Upper Arlington product may very well still remain on Ohio State’s radar. But given the change in coaches and relationships, starting over isn’t that surprising.
Ohio State’s other 2018 commitments, Darius Bazley and Justin Ahrens, also decommitted.