Goodwin makes official visit
For about seven months, dating back to December 2016, Ohio State had grasped the verbal pledge for ‘18 shooting guard Dane Goodwin of Upper Arlington (OH). It had seemed all but official that the 6-foot-4, 187-pounder, who plays his high school ball just about five minutes from the Buckeyes campus, would play collegiately in Columbus.
It wasn’t until the departure of head coach Thad Matta that Goodwin began second guessing his pledge to the program. Fast forward to a few days later, even despite the hiring of former Butler head coach Chris Holtmann, the four-star shooting guard did in fact make his decommitment.
The school I was informed to look out for was Notre Dame for Goodwin. However, just a couple days after being told that, the Fighting Irish would receive a pledge from ‘18 SG Robby Carmody of Indiana. After that bit of news, I told myself that maybe the Buckeyes can work their way back into the picture for Goodwin and on Wednesday they took a step in the right direction.
According to 270Hoops’ Zach Fleer, Ohio State hosted Goodwin on an official visit to the campus starting yesterday evening, and the visit will last through Friday. While we can’t expect Goodwin to open up about the visit until it concludes, the news is undoubtedly a positive for the Buckeyes and Holtmann. The new head coach emphasized recruiting within the state and getting Goodwin back into the fold for the 2018 cycle would definitely not be a bad start.
Goodwin is currently graded as a four-star prospect and 79th highest graded player in the class. Additionally, the Columbus native is the fourth best player in Ohio and the 16th best shooting guard overall. I caught up with the aforementioned Fleer to discuss what Goodwin brings to the hardwood:
“Dane Goodwin is a fiery knockdown shooter with a mean streak. Tough and lanky wing with a soft touch. Can rebound very well for a guard. Scores in bunches at the high school level, leading all of Central Ohio in points scored last season. Goodwin is a winner and rarely has a night off” - Zach Fleer
Jackson down to eight
Switching gears to the gridiron, Ohio State also got some good news in regards to ‘18 wide receiver Kearis Jackson of Peach County (GA) when the four-star prospect revealed his group of top schools.
As you can see, the Buckeyes were included in the list for Jackson. Ohio State has also learned their primary competition for the 5-foot-11, 203-pounder. The other schools the Scarlet and Gray will have to out battle for the pledge of Jackson will be Alabama, Auburn, Florida, FSU, Georgia, LSU and arch-rival Michigan.
While the race is down to eight for the time being, it looks like the local team is in the best shape for Jackson at the time being. According to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, the Georgia Bulldogs have received all eight predictions and unless something changes, Jackson is widely expected to stay play in Athens, Ga.
With that being said, you can not count out the Buckeyes when it comes to a Georgia prospect. Ohio State has reeled in some outstanding talent from the state in recent years including Brenton Cox, Vonn Bell, Emory Jones and Raekwon McMillan.
Who knows, maybe Jackson is next? Stay tuned.